DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Marvin Bagley III scored 24 points and No. 1 Duke beat Furman 92-63 on Monday night in the on-campus round of the PK80.
Trevon Duval had a season-best 18 points, Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 and a fourth freshman – Alex O’Connell – scored 10 for the Blue Devils (5-0).
They shot nearly 61 percent and outscored Furman 64-28 in the paint, and have won all four of their games at Cameron Indoor Stadium by at least 17 points.
Tougher tests await this team in the coming days in Portland, Oregon – possibly from No. 7 Florida or No. 17 Gonzaga in a later round of the event marking Nike founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday.
This rout came after Duke strengthened its grip on the top spot in the AP Top 25, adding 20 more first-place votes to give the Blue Devils 54 of them – or, all but 11 of the 65 ballots cast.
John Davis III scored 15 points and Matt Rafferty added 11 for the Paladins (2-2), who have lost two straight.
Bagley did it all during the 28-10 run late in the first half that put this one out of reach, scoring 11 points in 2½ minutes during that stretch. He hit a couple of short jumpers and a layup, found Trevon Duval for a dunk and even made his second 3-pointer of the season.
Furman: A few Paladins were familiar with Cameron: Two senior starters, Davis and Daniel Fowler, also started here as freshmen in 2014 when the Blue Devils beat them by 39 . As a team, they acquitted themselves much better in this visit, even leading for almost 5 early minutes. The other 35 were pretty rough, though, and they kept Furman winless against Duke since 1951 – when both schools were in the Southern Conference.
Duke: After a bit of a sluggish start, the Blue Devils got back to looking more like their dominant selves than last time out, a rather sloppy 17-point victory three nights earlier against a winless Southern team. After that game, coach Mike Krzyzewski bemoaned his team’s lack of practice time due to a busy week. No such issues this time.
Tip-off was delayed 15 minutes after a fire alarm in a second-floor men’s restroom was tripped and the building was briefly evacuated, Duke spokesman Mike DeGeorge said. The alarm went off about an hour before the scheduled start time.
Furman: Faces New Hampshire on Friday in a PK80 game in Nashville, Tennessee.
Duke: Takes on Portland State on Thursday in the PK80 in Portland, Oregon.
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