Short-handed Duke has few prob­lems with Marist

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Joedy McCreary AP Sports Writer

No. 1 Duke didn’t have three of its top fresh­men — and still had more than enough to rout Marist. Grayson Allen scored 16 points and Duke opened its sea­son by rout­ing the Red Foxes 94-49.

No. 1 Duke didn’t have three of its top fresh­men — and still had more than enough to rout Marist.

Grayson Allen scored 16 points and Duke opened its sea­son by rout­ing the Red Foxes 94-49 on Fri­day night.

“We’re a lit­tle bit un­der­manned now, and no­body feels sorry for us be­cause they think we have an ex­ces­sive num­ber of men,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “But we just have to keep get­ting bet­ter.”

Fresh­man Frank Jack­son had 18 points in his de­but with the Blue Dev­ils while Luke Ken­nard added 16.

Duke shot 44 per­cent and had an easy time against the Red Foxes de­spite play­ing with­out three big men from a fresh­man class widely con­sid­ered the na­tion’s best.

Chase Jeter fin­ished with 11 points in his first ca­reer start and Matt Jones also had 11 for Duke, which pushed its lead into dou­ble fig­ures for good be­fore Marist man­aged its first de­fen­sive stop.

Khal­lid Hart had 13 points to lead Marist, which was just 3 of 25 from 3-point range.

In­juries in the pre­sea­son have left the Blue Dev­ils short in the paint: For­ward Jayson Ta­tum missed both ex­hi­bi­tion games af­ter sprain­ing his foot dur­ing a prac­tice last month, cen­ter Mar­ques Bolden ear­lier this week was de­clared out of both games this week­end with a leg in­jury, and for­ward Harry Giles is re­cov­er­ing af­ter hav­ing his left knee scoped in Oc­to­ber to clean up some loose bod­ies and scar tis­sue. They didn’t need them. Duke held a 56-33 re­bound­ing edge against an out­manned Marist team that didn’t have any­one taller than 6-foot-9 on the ros­ter.

“It speaks for the tal­ent that we have and the con­fi­dence that we do have in the guys on the bench,” Allen said. “Who­ever we put out there can be a good group.”

Big pic­ture

Marist: The Red Foxes met a sim­i­lar fate as the pre­vi­ous 125 non­con­fer­ence teams to visit Cameron In­door Sta­dium. No shame in los­ing like this to Duke be­cause the na­tion’s No. 1 team is hardly a fair mea­sur­ing stick for a young team that went 7-23 last sea­son.

“I didn’t think we played at our best,” Marist coach Mike Maker said, “but Duke had a lot to do with that.”

Duke: Jeter looked sig­nif­i­cantly more con­fi­dent dur­ing his first start than he did at vir­tu­ally any point dur­ing an un­even fresh­man sea­son. With so many big men out, any pro­duc­tion they can get from Jeter is a sig­nif­i­cant plus.

In­jury re­port

Krzyzewski says there’s no time frame for the in­jured play­ers’ re­turn, adding that “we’re just go­ing to shut those guys down for a while” in­stead of rush­ing them back and risk­ing rein­jury.

“I’m go­ing to be re­ally adamant about tak­ing a longer time than a shorter time, no mat­ter what,” he added. Krzyzewski says Ta­tum may have re­turned to prac­tice too soon “and that hurt him.”

Poll im­pli­ca­tions

The Blue Dev­ils can’t climb any higher than No. 1, and at no point dur­ing this rout did they look like they de­serve a lower rank­ing.

Thanks, Albany

Marist has pol­i­tics in North Carolina and New York to thank — at least partly — for this beat­ing. The orig­i­nal sched­ule had Duke open­ing against Grand Canyon be­fore play­ing Albany on Satur­day, but the Great Danes had to back out of that game be­cause of New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der ban­ning pub­licly funded, non-es­sen­tial travel to North Carolina in re­sponse to a North Carolina law that lim­its pro­tec­tions for LGBT peo­ple. Or­ga­niz­ers with the Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Clas­sic moved the Grand Canyon game back a day, swapped in Marist — which, as a pri­vate school, was not sub­ject to the travel ban — and sent Albany to play at Penn State. In a show of unity against the North Carolina law, Maker said, the Red Foxes wore rain­bow-col­ored socks.

Up next

Marist: The Red Foxes have a cou­ple of travel days be­fore tak­ing on No. 23 Rhode Is­land on Mon­day night in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Clas­sic.

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