A barrage of 3-point shooting, coupled with what is becoming their usual close defense, led No. 8 Duke to success on Monday night.
The Blue Devils set season-highs in attempts and made 14 3-pointers to defeat Bellarmine, 74-57, in non-conference basketball at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Jacob Grandison hit four 3-pointers while Kyle Filipowski hit three for the Blue Devils (4-1). Bellarmine (2-3), after trailing 41-33 at halftime, shot 33% in the second half as Duke pulled away.
Filipowski led Duke with 18 points, while Grandison added 16 points as the Blue Devils made 14 of 34 3-pointers (39.4%).
Duke made four 3-pointers in the first six minutes after halftime to turn their eight-point halftime lead into a 52-42 lead.
Duke made eight 3-pointers in the first half, gaining as many as 16 points before Bellarmine’s late attack cut the Blue Devils’ lead to 41-33 at halftime.
While the Blue Devils made 5 of their first 10 3-point attempts, Bellarmine struggled to find holes in Duke’s half-court defense. The Knights made just 4 of their first 13 shots as Duke built a 22-9 lead.
With Duke leading 30-14 after Jeremy Roach’s 3-pointer with 6:56 left in halftime, the Knights rediscovered their shooting touch. Bellarmine made eight of his last 11 shots of the half, including Juston Betz’s buzzer-beater 3-pointer that cut Duke’s lead to single digits.
Filipowski keeps delivering
Having already written three double-doubles while leading the team in scoring averages (15) and rebounding (11), Filipowski scored a team-high 18 points while attempting just eight field goals, making four. He was 3 of 5 on 3-pointers and made 7 of his 8 free throws. He also led Duke with eight rebounds.
Hello Mr. Grandison
The shooter Duke hoped to get when Grandison was traded to the Blue Devils from Illinois last summer found his stroke Monday night.
Shooting 41% from 3-pointers for the Illini over the past two seasons, Grandison scored 13 points and made 4-of-7 3-pointers against Bellarmine. The 6-6 forward was just 3-of-13 from behind the arc in Duke’s first four games.
He made 6 of 9 shots overall against Bellarmine.
Animated finding its place
Projected as a safe first-round pick, perhaps as high as the top 10, in next summer’s NBA Draft, Duke’s first-year center Dereck Lively isn’t fully invested in the half-court offense yet. .
He missed Duke’s first game while recovering from a strained calf suffered in practice in mid-October. Against Bellarmine, he started but did not finish off in the first half. That made him the only Duke player to see action who didn’t attempt a shot before halftime.
He played a season-high 23 minutes, scoring two points with five rebounds.
It’s to be expected since he broke his foot during a team practice on Aug. 29 and underwent surgery the next day, but freshman forward Dariq Whitehead is a long way from playing to his ability.
The 6-6 forward didn’t play in Duke’s first three games and saw 15 minutes of action in his first game for Duke last Friday when the Blue Devils beat Delaware, 92-58.
Against Bellarmine, Whitehead came off the bench again. Playing 10 minutes, he committed three fouls on 1-of-4 shots (0-of-3 3-pointers) and scored two points. He left a couple of shots wide open short, showing that he’s still getting in shape to play.