NCAAB Game Recap - Duke at North Carolina State
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Duke
66
NCSU
88
F
Syr
66
Lou
90
F
Vill
91
DeP
71
F
Aub
55
UGA
65
F
Butl
72
Seton
74
F
Tuls
43
Hou
76
F
Samf
66
Mercer
106
F
Furm
66
ETSU
75
F
UCF
89
Cin
87
F(2OT)
ECU
73
Mem
77
F
TexAM
74
Alab
68
F
VMI
74
WCU
71
F
GaTec
86
Wake
79
F
Iona
64
Sien
65
F
Mich
60
Rut
52
F
GMas
50
Rich
65
F
Woff
79
UNCG
83
F(OT)
Army
77
LoyMD
81
F
Boston
59
Lafy
61
F
Chat
91
Citad
68
F
Leh
67
Colg
70
F
Navy
62
Amer
71
F
CenAR
68
SFA
83
F
Lamar
77
SamH
65
F
Nich
73
NWSt
69
F
SMU
72
Tul
80
F
ULMo
66
ArkSt
52
F
NDSt
77
SDak
74
F
BC
65
UVA
78
F
McNee
59
InWor
65
F
SDSt
94
N DA
83
F
TCU
56
Tex
70
F
CBap
63
UMKC
69
F
IlSt
69
LoyIL
84
F
Valpa
75
Drake
77
F(OT)
MOSt
79
Brad
83
F(OT)
Ford
49
LaSal
58
F
GrgWas
70
Duques
67
F
AbCh
82
HBU
68
F
Prov
73
GTown
63
F
KansSt
62
TxTch
69
F
Wyo
58
UtSt
78
F
SCar
76
MisSt
79
F
Ind
68
Minn
56
F
Mia-FL
102
VaTec
95
F(3OT)
Cal
66
WaSt
57
F
Bois
80
SJSU
62
F
AF
62
Fres
71
F
LongB
55
UCIrv
70
F

Feb 19, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(6) Duke (22-4)

29

37

66

North Carolina State (17-9)

44

44

88

Johnson, Daniels help NC State rout No. 6 Duke 88-66
Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:52 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State overwhelmed sixth-ranked Duke so thoroughly that the Blue Devils' Hall of Fame coach could only describe his team as “never there" after a historically lopsided loss.

Markell Johnson scored a career-high 28 points, including his third halfcourt shot this season, to help the Wolfpack beat the Blue Devils 88-66 on Wednesday night. It was the largest margin of defeat in four decades under coach Mike Krzyzewski to an unranked opponent.

“They were just at a different level of competitiveness,” Krzyzewski said, adding: “We were never there. That's on all of us.”

The Wolfpack (17-9, 8-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) jumped to a 10-1 lead and led by 15 at halftime. That lead grew to 23 points early in the second half, then the Wolfpack responded to a push by the ACC-leading Blue Devils (22-4, 12-3) by stretching the margin right back out and to as many as 27 points.

“We didn’t have the same level of intensity coming out tonight, before the game and everything,” Duke point guard Tre Jones said, “and it showed."

When the horn finally sounded, Wolfpack fans stormed the court to celebrate a rout that extended Duke's past-decade frustrations in Raleigh while also bolstering the team's NCAA Tournament resume.

“We talked about the last couple of days what a great opportunity this would be and we stepped up to the challenge,” Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts said.

Devon Daniels added a career-high 25 points for the Wolfpack, who shot 45% and played as the aggressor nearly all night. N.C. State never trailed and never let Duke closer then 11 points in the second half.

“We knew this was a big game as a team,” Daniels said. “We really locked in on the (scouting report), really looked at their tendencies and we knew we were going to have to bring it from the very jump.”

Vernon Carey Jr. scored 27 points to lead Duke, which shot 38% and struggled both at the line and from the arc. The Blue Devils made just 4 of 17 3-pointers and 10 of 22 free throws, part of an all-around shaky showing that included a complete inability to slow Johnson and Daniels in the first half.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: The Blue Devils hadn't lost since falling to Clemson and current No. 11 Louisville in mid-January, moving past the Cardinals and into the ACC lead as Louisville stumbled twice last week. Yet they didn’t come out with anything approaching the same edge as the Wolfpack, getting down quickly and watching that margin push well past 20 after halftime.

“Tonight we were not competitive,” Krzyzewski said. “That happens to a team. I like my team a lot. That’s our worst game but they made us look bad, too. They played great.”

N.C. State: N.C. State entered Monday ranked No. 60 in the NCAA's NET rankings with a 4-3 record against Quadrant 1 opponents to top the resume. Its best win had come in December against a 10-loss Wisconsin team sitting at 30th in the NET. Now Keatts’ club has something much stronger, thanks in large part to dominating first-half performances from Johnson and Daniels on a night to put the Wolfpack in control from the jump.

RALEIGH STRUGGLES

Duke has now lost six of eight in PNC Arena dating to 2010, with five of those coming against the Wolfpack and one being an NCAA Tournament loss to Mercer in 2014.

DOMINATING DUO

Johnson and Daniels combined for 33 first-half points to single-handedly outscore the Blue Devils (29), the last coming when Johnson banked in a runner from just beyond halfcourt for a 44-29 lead at the break.

Johnson had also hit a halfcourt shot to close the first half of the Wisconsin win and hit one at the buzzer to win at UNC Greensboro.

“I shoot them every day after practice,” Johnson said. “I’m going to keep shooting them.”

TIP-INS

Duke got as close as 11 with about 11 minutes left, only to see Johnson answer with a 3 then D.J. Funderburk follow with a three-point play to push the margin back to 67-52 with 8:31 left. ... Funderburk had 21 points. ... N.C. State made 8 of 13 3-pointers and took a 51-43 rebounding advantage. ... Carey had 12 rebounds and three blocks for Duke. ... Jones had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Devils but made 6 of 18 shots.

UP NEXT

Duke: The Blue Devils host Virginia Tech on Saturday.

N.C. State: Eighth-ranked Florida State visits the Wolfpack on Saturday.

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Leaders

Duke PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. White 0 0 0 0 0 1
J. Baker 0 0 0 0 1 0
North Carolina State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Graham 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Bates 0 0 1 3 0 2

Team Comparison

Duke NCSU
Points For 66 88
Field Goals 26/69-38% 32/71-45%
Three Pointers 4/17-24% 8/13-62%
Free Throws 10/22-45% 16/21-76%
Offensive Rebounds 16 15
Defensive Rebounds 27 36
Rebounds 45 59
Blocks 5 3
Steals 4 7
Turnovers 13 10
Personal Fouls 19 20
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Feb 19 Duke 66 @ NCSU 88 J. DeLaurier 2 B. Beverly 2

Game Information

Stadium: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Attendance: 19,515
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