DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — All those freshmen at Duke made it look easy to score in their first college game. It helped when everyone kept making those extra passes.
Preseason All-American Jahlil Okafor scored 19 points in his debut, and the fourth-ranked Blue Devils had 30 assists in a 113-44 rout of Presbyterian on Friday night in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
“I felt comfortable from tap to finish,” Okafor said. “I didn’t feel uncomfortable at any point.”
All four members of a heavily hyped freshman class reached double figures for Duke (1-0): Greyson Allen had 18, and Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones had 15 apiece.
Duke shot 61 percent and hit 16 3-pointers, and its assist total was three shy of the school record — and its most since 1998 — in the third most-lopsided victory in school history.
The huge assist total “means good basketball, and it’s just a lot of fun to play that way,” said Jones, who had a team-best seven assists.
“When everyone’s into it, we’re making extra passes. It’s a lot of fun but it’s also very hard to play against.”
The freshmen effectively ended this one by halftime. Those four had 30 of Duke’s first 40 points and the Blue Devils led 57-19 at the break.
Quinn Cook — the only scholarship senior on Duke’s roster — had 14 points with four 3s and Rasheed Sulaimon scored 12 points.
Desean Murray had 14 points for the Blue Hose (0-1).
The Blue Devils are counting on one of the nation’s top recruiting classes to replace Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, who jumped early to the NBA after last season, and help carry them to their 12th Final Four under coach Mike Krzyzewski.
They sure didn’t get much of a test from Presbyterian. Duke built a 20-point lead in fewer than 10 minutes and went up by 30 with 6 minutes before the break.
The freshmen combined to score Duke’s first 12 points and an upperclassman didn’t even attempt a shot until Amile Jefferson missed off the glass roughly 4
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