Senior Matt Jones provided the shooting and hustle, and freshman Brandon Ingram had his breakout game as Duke beat Indiana 94-74 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big10 Challenge.
Ingram scored 24 points - 18 in the first half - while shooting 10-of-15 shots from the field including four of six from the perimeter. The freshman had scored 21 points against Bryant earlier in the season, but had reached double figures just once in the last four games.
Those struggled evaporated early on Wednesday as the lanky forward connected on seven of his first eight attempts - including four 3-pointers. He added six rebounds as well.
Meanwhile, Jones benefitted from a number of open looks as the much maligned Hoosier defense seemed to forget about the junior for long stretches. That proved to be a mistake as Jones knocked down 9-of-19 shots including five of his 10 shots from long range to finish with a career high 23 points.
Duke also got a boost from leading scorer Grayson Allen who scored 16 points and Amile Jefferson who flirted with a triple-double for most of the night. Jefferson finished with 8 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks.
This game had all the makings of a prime time classic. Two storied programs - both ranked among the top 15 in most preseason polls - and a national televised contest. But Indiana came in after struggling in a preseason tournament thanks to poor defense which rendered Duke a 10 point favorite.
After the first eight minutes in which Indiana raced out to a six point lead, those defensive issues were exposed as Duke reeled of run after run to take control.
The Blue Devils will return to action on Saturday against Buffalo.