Saturday, November 22, 2014

Owls don't measure up vs. Duke


Brooklyn, NY -- As was pointed out in a Philly.com article earlier in the day, Mike Krzyzewski and Fran Dunphy might have been friends for more than 40 years, but when it comes to results on the court, both men are leagues apart -- literally and figuratively.

Quinn Cook had 17 points and five rebounds to give No. 4 Duke a 74-54 victory over an outclassed Temple squad in the semifinal round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday.

Jahlil Okafor scored 16 points with eight rebounds and Justise Winslow added 15 points for the Blue Devils (4-0), who will take on Stanford in the tournament title on Saturday.

"Temple did a really good job against him (Okafor)," Krzyzewski said.

Will Cummings scored 18 points, Josh Brown gave 11, and Quenton DeCosey gave 10 for the Owls (2-1), who had opened the season with wins over American University and Louisiana Tech.

"It was a little bit of them being as good as they are defensively and a little bit of us losing focus," Temple's Dunphy noted.

Duke led this game pretty much from start to finish as Grayson Allen hit a 3- pointer six minutes in for a 13-4 lead.

Two more 7-0 runs in the half helped stake the Blue Devils to a 36-26 lead after 20 minutes.
A Cook 3-pointer with 10 1/2 minutes to play in the contest gave Duke a 57-35 advantage.

An 8-0 run from Temple, with Cummings netting the final four, cut the deficit to 62-48 with 5 1/2 minutes left, but Cook and Winslow followed with a bucket and two free throws, respectively, to put
the game out of reach.

Notes: Duke has won 11 of the last 12 meetings with Temple and holds a 20-10 lead in the series ... Duke shot just 39.1 percent, but held Temple to 37.3 percent shooting in the contest ... The Blue Devils entered play averaging more than 100 points per contest with a shooting percentage north of 60 percent from the floor ... Temple sophomore Daniel Dingle hit Temple's only three-pointer of the contest with six minutes remaining in the first half, narrowly keeping alive a streak of now 574 consecutive games in which the Owls have hit at least one shot from long range.
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