For the second straight game Duke’s Brandon Ingram was the best player on the floor, which resulted in a blow-out victory for his team.
The 6-foot-9 freshman scored a career best 24 points against Indiana on Thursday, and followed it up with 23 points on eight of 15 shooting from the floor on Saturday as Duke rolled past Buffalo, 82-59. Ingram added eight rebounds and four blocks to the victory, which was Duke’s 122nd straight win over a non-conference foe in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
With the emergence of Ingram over the last two contests, Duke seems to have found another elite scoring option to pair with sophomore Grayson Allen. Against the Bulls, Allen struggled from the field (5-of-15 shooting), but was terrific from the foul line, hitting 11-of-13, to finish with 22 points. He also added a career high 11 rebounds.
Overall it wasn’t a game to write home about for either squad with Duke shooting just 41 percent from the floor and 36 percent from long range. Only Ingram and Amile Jefferson shot better than 50 percent from the floor with Jefferson connecting on five of six from the field to end with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Meanwhile, Buffalo managed just 33 percent shooting overall and 22 percent from long range.
The major difference between the two teams came at the free throw line where Duke hit 29 of 36 attempts while Buffalo hit only 10-of-16 attempts.
Buffalo was led by C.J. Massinburg’s 17 points and four rebounds. Lamont Bearden, the team’s leading scorer coming into the game, finished with 10 points.
With the victory, Duke improves to 8-1 on the season. The Blue Devils will return to action on December 15th against Georgia Southern.