Photo: Cassius Stanley
DURHAM – The 30-point Blue Devils are back, ending their two-game losing streak with their fourth 30-point romp in their last five victories.
Eighth-ranked Duke (16-3, 6-2 ACC) won 89-59 over Miami (10-8, 2-6 ACC) on Tuesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium 19 days after a 33-point rout (95-62) out of the Hurricanes on Jan. 2 in Coral Gables.
But the first Miami romp turned out to be the last time the Blue Devils have had a full roster. Duke freshman guard/forward Wendell Moore is still out indefinitely after he suffered a broken finger late in the Coral Gables victory. The injury required surgery, and he has been watching games from the bench with a splint supporting his finger and wrapped.
When he missed his first two games, the Blue Devils beat Georgia Tech and Wake Forest, but they are 2-2 overall without him after losing the last two against Clemson on the road and Saturday at home to Louisville. Duke could have used Moore’s 6-foot-6, 213-pound size when Louisville freshman point guard David Johnson, a 6-5, 210-pounder, scored 17 points in the first half and 19 for the game with seven assists.
Although Moore was missed, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he was more concerned with his young team learning to win with maturity in the time that remains before March Madness. Clemson and Louisville both won with veteran players making a difference at the end.
Miami started a senior, three redshirt juniors and a junior, but the Blue Devils were too talented in addition to composed above their ages. When Miami tried to double-team center Vernon Carey in the post, the move backfired. Duke spread the ball and hit six of their first eight field goals were from three-point range.
“Our game plan was to pack it in the paint and give them the threes,” said Miami coach Jim Larranaga. “I guess we did a pretty good job of that. We got them to shoot the three; they made 9-of-17 in the first half. They scored 27 points in the first half.”
That was three more than Miami’s total points at halftime while trailing 48-24.
Freshman Matthew Hurt hit the first two before freshman guard Cassius Stanley, senior Jack White and sophomore Joey Baker followed. Hurt’s converted offensive rebound gave Duke a 24-6 lead with 10:57 left in the first half.
When Hurt’s defense is good and he runs the court, he can finish with nights such as his 22-point game against Miami. He was 8-of-11 from the field with 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Overall, Duke’s defense forced Miami into bad shots. The Hurricanes shot 27.8 percent from the field in the first half (10 of 36) and 10 percent from the three-point line (1 of 10). They improved only slightly in the second half to 30.0 (18 of 60) and 22.2 (4 of 18).
Duke sophomore point guard Tre Jones was a shutdown cornerback defending Miami junior point guard Chris Lykes, the Hurricanes' leading scorer at 16.1 points a game, Lykes was scoreless at halftime on 0-of-7 shooting. He finished with nine points and no assists.
The 5-foot-7, 165-pounder grew so frustrated at his inability to get off a clean shot, late in the second half he drove recklessly down the lane. Duke’s 6-10, 237-pound Javin DeLaurier positioned himself for both the body block and rejection of the ball.
Jones gathered the loose ball and passed up the court in transition as he does better than just about any guard in the nation to Joey Baker. The sophomore buried a three-pointer for a 45-16 lead with 3:04 remaining in the half. Duke’s halftime lead doubled Miami, 48-24.
Two other Blue Devils in double figures were Jones with 16 points and six assists and Carey with 11 points and six rebounds.
Teams have been playing Carey more physically recently, but Krzyzewski said he still impacts the game if he gets down court to draw the defense in the paint while other Blue Devils find open spots on the arc.
“They’re definitely being more physical with me,” Carey said. “They force me to my left hand and make me spin back to right hand. I’m learning all the time.”
Miami center Rodney Miller and guard Kameron McGusty led Miami with 13 points each.
The Hurricanes never did find a way to slow down the Blue Devils, who are off this weekend. Duke resumes play against Pitt Jan. 28 at home.
Krzyzewski Moore isn’t expected to be ready for the Pitt game.
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