No. 5 Duke extended its winning streak to five games by defeating visiting Syracuse 60-44 on Saturday in the return of freshman forward Marvin Bagley.
Bagley led Duke with 19 points and added seven rebounds in his first game back since sustaining a knee injury against North Carolina on Feb. 8. Wendell Carter stuffed the box score with a double-double (16 points,10 rebounds) plus four assists, four steals and two blocks.
The Duke defense was stellar, holding Syracuse to 16 points and 0-for-10 from the 3-point line at the half.
Syracuse shot just 31.5 percent overall.
Meanwhile, Duke earned the victory despite beginning 0-for-15 from the 3-point line until Trevon Duval’s conversion midway through the second half.
With the victory, Duke improves to 24-5 and 12-4 in ACC play. With the loss, Syracuse drops to 18-11 overall and 7-9 in ACC play.
Next up for Duke is a road contest at Virginia Tech on Feb. 26 (7 p.m. EST) that will be televised on ESPN.
Duke closes out the regular season on March 3 against visiting No. 10 North Carolina.
Here’s what Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had to say after the victory:
Coach K is at the podium after Duke’s win as the Blue Devils have held four straight ACC opponents to fewer than 60: https://t.co/Swh7kK4LKO
— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) February 25, 2018
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