In their opening game of the 2015 NCAA tournament, the Duke Blue Devils defeated Robert Morris, pulling away with an 85-56 victory to move onto the round of 32. A balanced scoring attack which featured double-digit production from Quinn Cook, Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Marshall Plumlee, and Amile Jefferson allowed Duke to hold the efforts of Robert Morris in check en route to a Blue Devils victory.
Duke jumped out to an early 16-9 lead after the first TV timeout, and quickly added on to that lead leaping ahead 30-14. The Blue Devils started off electric from the field, connecting on their first four three-point attempts. Jahlil Okafor, the ACC player of the year, continued with the dominating play he has had inside the paint all season, allowing Duke’s shooters to find easy shots along the perimeter.
Robert Morris found themselves down 42-25 at the break, but in the middle of the second half, the Colonials went on a 10-0 run to cut Duke’s lead down from 20 to ten. Duke would respond after Coach K burned a timeout to gather the composure of his young team, and the Blue Devils went from up ten at 54-44, to up 23 at 73-50 in the span of six minutes.
Duke’s season continues, while Robert Morris hangs their heads high with their Northeast conference championship title, following an 85-56 defeat at the hands of the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils await the winner of the San Diego State/St. John’s matchup, looking to remain hot and advance on their quest for a national championship.
Earlier in the season, Duke defeated St. John’s to obtain Mike Krzyzewski’s record-setting 1,000th win.
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