No. 1 Blue Devils clamp down on Clemson at Cameron

Clemson scored just 10 points in the first half, its lowest output in 12 years, as No. 1 Duke ran away to a 68-40 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.  Duke improved to 15-0 with the win, 2-0 in the ACC.

Clemson fell to 8-6 overall, 0-2 to start league play. The 28-point margin was Clemson’s worst defeat of the season, surpassing Coastal Carolina’s 69-46 victory over the Tigers on Dec. 19.

Clemson struggled offensively, posting its lowest point total since a 38-point outing at Miami in 2005-06 when Oliver Purnell was Clemson’s coach.  The Tigers were 1-for-11 from three-point range, connecting on its 10th attempt with just over two minutes remaining.  Clemson shot just 28.3 percent for the game.

Devin Booker led the Tigers with a second straight double-double, posting 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.  He largely outplayed his center counterpart, Mason Plumlee, who made just 3-of-9 field goals and scored eight points – 10 under his season average.  Booker moved into the top 20 in Clemson history with 610 career rebounds.

Duke guard Quinn Cook went off for a career-high 27 points, including 20 in the second half.  Duke shot over 70 percent in the second half, the second opponent to do that on the season, joining Gonzaga.  The Blue Devils made 8-of-15 from three for a 53 percent clip.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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