After knocking off some rust accumulated from an eight day layoff, the Blue Devils found their offensive rhythm in a near record setting first half on the way to an easy victory over Elon.
Brandon Ingram matched his career high with 26 points to lead six Blue Devils in double figures as Duke beat Elon 105-66 on Monday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
It was a game that was over by halftime as Duke led 70-31 after 20 minutes of action. After Elon cut the lead to one at the first media timeout, the Blue Devils began to create some distance, taking a 28-18 lead.
And then the Duke offense exploded as the hosts went on a 30-3 run over a 5:36 period midway through the first half to blow the game open. The Blue Devils led 58-21 with 5:45 remaining in the first half.
Overall the Blue Devils shot 58 percent in the opening stanza.
Things slowed down considerably after the half as Duke shot just 42.4 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from the perimeter over the final 20 minutes and playing the Phoenix even at 35-35.
Joining Ingram in double figures were teammates Luke Kennard (18), Matt Jones (17), Grayson Allen (17), Derryck Thornton (12), and Marshall Plumlee (10). Ingram and Plumlee recorded a double-double each by adding 11 rebounds apiece.
Tanner Samson led Elon with 17 points, which trailed the entire game and was held to just 38 percent on the evening. The Phoenix had won six straight contests entering the night.
The victory moves Duke to 10-2 on the season. The Blue Devils will play in their final non-conference tuneup on Wednesday when they host Long Beach State in Cameron Indoor Stadium.