Duke Sweeps International Tour

The Blue Devils easily dispatched the UAE National Team to finish undefeated on the preseason tour

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Juniors Andre Dawkins and Mason Plumlee combined for 37 points and 22 rebounds as Duke wrapped up an undefeated foreign tour with an 86-66 victory over the United Arab Emirates National Team on Thursday night at Al Wasl Sports Club.

Dawkins made six of 10 shots from 3-point range and finished with 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting overall. He added seven rebounds. Plumlee poured in 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting and hauled in 15 boards, including seven on the offensive end of the court.

Austin Rivers added 16 points for the Blue Devils, 12 in the first half, including 10 in the second quarter, on an array of drives to the basket. Duke headed into the break with a 43-31 lead and momentum from Mason Plumlee's offensive rebound and layup off a missed free throw just before the halftime buzzer.

The Blue Devils stretched the lead to 67-48 at the end of the third quarter and coasted to victory behind a staunch defense. Duke held UAE to 30 percent shooting for the game, forced 17 turnovers and blocked six shots, including three blocks from Miles Plumlee. The Blue Devils also controlled the glass, outrebounding UAE 66-39. Seven different players grabbed five or more rebounds in the contest.

Seth Curry contributed 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals, while freshman Alex Murphy added nine points and four rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Al Zaabi Rashad led UAE with 14 points, while Omar Qais grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for the hosts.

The victory over UAE completed Duke's four-game, two-nation Friendship Games tour. The Blue Devils defeated the Chinese Olympic Team in each of the tour's first three contests. The Blue Devils are scheduled to depart Dubai tomorrow afternoon and will arrive back in Durham on Saturday morning.


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