Duke rolls past Wofford, 84-55

Jahlil Okafor once against leads his team to an easy win in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Jahlil Okafor scored 24 points and No. 2 Duke beat Wofford 84-55 on Wednesday.

Justise Winslow added 16 points and Quinn Cook had 15 for the Blue Devils (12-0).

They shot nearly 56 percent — 71 percent in the second half — and broke open a tight game by outscoring Wofford 43-21 in the final 20 minutes, then turned it into a full-on rout by scoring the final 13 points.

Okafor was 11 of 13 from the field while reaching the 20-point mark for the fifth time in seven games.

Karl Cochran had 13 points on 5-of-17 shooting to lead the Terriers (9-4).

They shot 38 percent and kept it close well into the second half but went nearly 5 critical minutes between field goals while fading for their second straight loss. Both have come on the home floors of nationally ranked opponents.

Before ACC play begins this weekend, coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted his talented but young team to face a test with a one-two punch of mid-majors with strong profiles.

Less than 48 hours earlier, Duke beat Mid-American Conference favorite Toledo 86-69. And just as in that game, it took a while for the Blue Devils to finally pull away in this one.

Okafor scored seven points during a 22-12 run during the first 9 1/2 minutes of the half. He started it with a layup on Duke's second trip downcourt after the break, and Cook followed that with a 3-pointer that pushed the lead into double figures for the first time at 46-34.

Amile Jefferson capped the run with a layup that made it 63-45 with 10½ minutes remaining.

Wofford — which has three NCAA tournament appearances since 2010 — had been off since a 33-point loss at No. 17 West Virginia on Dec. 22 but already had one win at a venerable ACC venue, claiming a one-point win over North Carolina State at Reynolds Coliseum on Dec. 14.

For the first half anyway, the Terriers looked plenty capable of stunning the Blue Devils: Wofford led for about 50 seconds of the first half and Duke never led by more than eight.


Wofford: The Terriers are 0-21 against nationally ranked opponents.

Duke: The Blue Devils wrapped up their home nonconference schedule with their 116th straight win in non-ACC games at Cameron Indoor Stadium.


Wofford visits Samford on Saturday.

Duke plays host to Boston College on Saturday.

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