After three straight subpar outings, freshman forward Brandon Ingram put together his best performance of the season, scoring 15 points to lead Duke to a fifth victory on the season, beating Yale 80-61.
After performances that were described as everything from overmatched to lethargic in games against Kentucky, VCU, and Georgetown, the 6-foot-9 Ingram was the lightning rod that rallied Duke from a dreadful start as Yale jumped out to a 9-0 lead to start the game.
The Bulldogs sliced up the Duke man-to-man defense routinely with drives to the basket and kept the Blue Devils at bay throughout much of the first half. Eventually head coach Mike Krzyzewski was forced to insert Ingram at the top of a 1-3-1 zone that seemed to stem the tide and allowed his team a chance to claw back into the contest.
Duke would lead by two at the half and would use a 17-2 spurt that straddled halftime to put the game away. The Blue Devils would out-score the Bulldogs 42-25 after intermission.
Coming off of back to back performances of 30 points or more, Duke’s Grayson Allen managed 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting. Meanwhile, freshman scoring guard Luke Kennard posted a career best 12 points, but shot just 2-of-8 from the field. Both Allen and Kennard were a perfect 6-of-6 from the free thrown line.
The Blue Devils will return to action on Sunday afternoon against Utah State in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Aggies are currently 4-0 on the season.