NCAAB Game Recap - Central Arkansas at Duke
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:00 PM EST

Evans
67
KY
64
F
CenAR
54
Duke
105
F
N DA
66
Gonz
97
F
Mem
74
Oreg
82
F
Denv
56
UtSt
97
F
MtStM
46
Wash
56
F
Mizzu
58
Xav
63
F(OT)
Aub
70
SthAL
69
F
Pitt
71
RobM
57
F
Crei
69
Mich
79
F
PaulQ
59
Alc
111
F
(N/A)
43
Leh
80
F
Bridg
40
Radf
91
F
(N/A)
45
UMassL
88
F
W&M
80
Woff
79
F
(N/A)
67
Wagn
97
F
How
50
ND
79
F
Amer
67
GrgWas
65
F
Lamar
56
Duques
66
F
Chat
74
Troy
68
F
MD-ES
55
Longw
85
F
(N/A)
63
Hamp
95
F
NCAT
64
WCU
90
F
MsVl
81
W MI
91
F
UNH
61
StJon
74
F
StBon
65
Sien
78
F
Campbl
76
UNCW
81
F(OT)
David
58
Charl
71
F
NE
71
UMass
80
F
Hartfo
62
Maris
51
F
DelSt
74
Manh
85
F
SCSt
39
Lib
65
F
N AL
65
Ind
91
F
Citad
86
UGA
95
F
(N/A)
49
E MI
101
F
(N/A)
43
E KY
129
F
NoKY
69
CoCar
68
F
AF
69
Army
57
F
ECU
62
App
68
F
Fairf
68
HolyC
63
F(OT)
(N/A)
52
LaTec
98
F
Furm
91
ChaSo
47
F
Rice
80
NWSt
74
F
Norf
55
Miss
68
F
ChiSt
34
E IL
98
F
NOrl
64
SMU
77
F
AlSt
56
Hou
84
F
JackSt
79
Tul
88
F
Lipsco
78
TNSt
79
F
ULLa
65
TCU
98
F
NIU
52
IaSt
70
F
(N/A)
60
InWor
86
F
Valpa
89
SIU-E
76
F
(N/A)
53
WIMil
103
F
Oral
67
Tuls
74
F
CBap
54
Tex
67
F
PVAM
48
TxSt
75
F
Clev
53
MOSt
73
F
Copp
76
LoyIL
72
F
N TX
43
Ark
66
F
Minn
56
Butl
64
F
(N/A)
55
JacSt
125
F
WriSt
85
TNTec
80
F(OT)
(N/A)
38
N CO
104
F
LongB
58
Stan
86
F
(N/A)
70
UtVal
101
F
NMSt
50
UTEP
65
F
Murr
63
Tenn
82
F
Mia-FL
79
UCF
70
F
Fres
66
USD
72
F(OT)
PacOR
81
Seatt
115
F
SDSt
66
USC
84
F
WaSt
62
SCla
70
F
Pepp
94
CSNor
82
F
TexAr
73
Nev
80
F
(N/A)
52
UCIrv
98
F
UNLV
75
Cal
79
F(OT)
Okla
77
OrSt
69
F

Nov 12, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Central Arkansas (1-3)

20

34

54

(2) Duke (3-0)

57

48

105

No. 2 Duke rolls past Central Arkansas 105-54 for 3-0 start
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:21 PM

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is pushing his young Blue Devils to worry about defense above all else, both in the intensity of their fullcourt pursuit and their ability to attack the right matchup.

That approach, he said, is "how our team is going to be built."

And the second-ranked Blue Devils are showing the ability to meet the Hall of Famer's expectation in their first games together.

Freshman Matthew Hurt scored a season-high 19 points to help Duke beat Central Arkansas 105-54 on Tuesday night, winning easily with overwhelming defense despite seeing starting point guard Tre Jones exit after being shaken up on a first-half collision.

Fellow freshman Vernon Carey Jr. added season highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (3-0), who ran off 19 straight points to build a 25-5 lead by midway through the opening half. That margin reached 57-20 by halftime, with Duke shooting nearly 57% and scoring 26 points off turnovers for the game.

"I'd have to say our defense is probably the best part of our offense right now," senior Jack White said. "We're forcing turnovers and getting out in transition and really just getting some easy buckets to start the game so guys can get in a groove."

Jones - the returning floor leader for a team that has turned over its rotation with another recruiting wave - played 9 minutes. He left after colliding with Central Arkansas' Aaron Weidenaar as the two chased a loose rebound with 7:57 left before halftime.

Jones laid on the court holding his head then rolled over onto his stomach while being attended by team medical staff, though he was able to eventually walk slowly to the bench. He spent the second half on the bench talking with coaches and teammates wearing a warmup shirt over his jersey.

Krzyzewski said Jones appears to be fine.

Rylan Bergersen scored 13 points for the Bears (1-3), who were overwhelmed from the start with long stretches between baskets and a series of throwaways and deflected-pass turnovers. Central Arkansas shot just 5 of 23 (21.7%) with 15 turnovers in the opening half.

"You fight pressure at the rim," Bears coach Russ Pennell said. "And I thought we did the opposite. ... We have a rule: we don't throw bounce passes on the perimeter. We threw like four that got intercepted. And I think that's what pressure does to you. It makes you do things that are kind of uncharacteristic."

BIG PICTURE

Central Arkansas: This was one of several tough matchups on the schedule for the Bears, who have four returning starters and are picked to finish fifth in the Southland Conference. They lost by 44 points at No. 24 Baylor to open the season, and their second game against a power-conference matchup didn't go much better.

Duke: The Blue Devils are tinkering with a deep lineup to figure out what works best, though they're positioned to climb to No. 1 in next week's AP Top 25 with top-ranked Kentucky's home loss to Evansville on Tuesday night.

QUICK WIT

Krzyzewski said Jones took a hit to the temple in the collision but was "laughing and joking" afterward.

"I asked him if he knew my name," Krzyzewski said. "He said, `Michael,' which was kind of bold on his part."

NEW LOOKS

Hurt started the first two games but came off the bench in favor of White, then had an immediate impact with 10 first-half points and started the second half over White. Duke also got a look at freshman Wendell Moore Jr. running the point to start the second half with Jones out.

"We're just looking at different combinations," Krzyzewski said.

TIP-INS

Duke had 14 steals Tuesday, and its 37 steals through the first three games are its most since the 2006-07 season. ... Freshman Cassius Stanley had 13 points and made all five of his shots. He's now shooting 81.8% (18 of 22), trailing only Jahlil Okafor (.833 in 2014-15), Cherokee Parks (.824 in 1991-92) and Zion Williamson (.821 last year) for the best shooting percentage by a Duke freshman through their first three games. ... Central Arkansas shot 3 for 15 from 3-point range and finished with 21 turnovers.

UP NEXT

Central Arkansas: The Bears host Little Rock on Sunday.

Duke: The Blue Devils host Georgia State on Friday.

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Leaders

Central Arkansas PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Shittu 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Weidenaar 0 0 0 0 0 0
Duke PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Buckmire 0 0 0 1 0 0
J. Robinson 0 0 1 2 0 1

Team Comparison

CenAR Duke
Points For 54 105
Field Goals 18/51-35% 42/74-57%
Three Pointers 3/15-20% 9/18-50%
Free Throws 15/24-62% 12/14-86%
Offensive Rebounds 4 11
Defensive Rebounds 22 35
Rebounds 26 50
Blocks 4 7
Steals 4 14
Turnovers 21 12
Personal Fouls 17 21
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Duke Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Nov 12 CenAR 54 @ Duke 105 C. Cooper 1 J. White 3

Game Information

Stadium: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
Attendance: 9,314
Game Time: