Duke Cruises to Victory Over San Diego State

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Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils continued their hot play on Sunday, defeating Steve Fisher’s San Diego State Aztecs 68-49 in the Round of 32. Justise Winslow was the leader for Duke, recording a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Jahlil Okafor topped the scoring in the game’s box score at 26, shooting 75% (12/16) from the field. The Blue Devils were able to take advantage of San Diego State’s inefficiency on offense to get out in transition and quicken the pace of the game.

Coach K’s Blue Devils came out of the gates shooting the lights out of the ball, jumping out to an 18-6 lead before the midway point of the first half. San Diego State had no answer for Duke’s big man, as the freshmen sensation and Wooden Award finalist Jahlil Okafor put up 18 points in the first half, shooting 9 of 12 from the field. Justise Winslow’s athletic presence was on display early. The freshman had a near double-double in the first half, scoring eight while snagging nine boards, also adding two ferocious blocks to his stat line.

The Aztecs’s lock-down defense flustered Duke periodically in the first half, holding the Blue Devils scoreless for four minutes. However, San Diego State’s struggle to effectively score put them in a 13-point hole at the half. Steve Fisher’s team shot 31.3% from the field, only connecting on 10 of 31 shot attempts, and made zero of their five three-point attempts, leaving the Aztecs with a large deficit heading into the locker room.

San Diego State started off the last 20 minutes of play strong, cutting the Duke lead to seven with 12 minutes to go. Then, Jahlil Okafor and company put the nail on the coffin, going on a 20-2 over the span of nine minutes. The Aztecs went without a made field goal for the entirety of those nine minutes, and could not stop Duke on the defensive end. Duke did whatever they wanted to on offense, whether it was a Quinn Cook layup in transition, or Tyus Jones feeding Okafor for a dunk.

The Blue Devils will travel to Houston for the Sweet 16, awaiting their date with the Utah Utes on Friday night.

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