On Saturday, No. 9 Duke defeated Boston College 80-65 with Mark Mitchell contributing 17 points and Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach each scoring 16.
Jared McCain contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds while Tyrese Proctor added 10 points for the Blue Devils (18-5, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). They have won two home games since their defeat against rival North Carolina last weekend.
Mason Madsen was the top scorer for Boston College (13-10, 4-8) with 15 points. Claudell Harris Jr. contributed 13 points, Devin McGlockton had 11 points, and Jaeden Zackery scored 10 points.
In their 14 previous trips to Durham, the Eagles have never emerged victorious. They struggled from the 3-point line, making only 5 of 26 attempts.
Boston College could have had five players with scores in double digits, but their top scorer, Quinten Post, was limited to only eight points with just five shots attempted.
In the beginning of the second half, Duke quickly expanded their lead of 36-32 at halftime. Mitchell contributed five points within 28 seconds, helping Duke take a 56-43 lead.
Boston College’s struggles with shooting and inability to have consistent strong offensive possessions led to their downfall.
In the first half, Boston College’s reserves did not contribute any points. It wasn’t until more than three minutes into the second half that Duke attempted their first free throw, after Filipowski failed to complete a three-point play.
Boston College was attempting to achieve their fifth win on the road, something they haven’t done since the 2010-11 season. However, in order to beat Duke, they needed to improve their perimeter shooting. This game was seen as a potential opportunity for a significant and impressive win.
Duke University’s basketball team, known as the Blue Devils, maintained a consistent performance in their win against Boston College, marking their ninth consecutive victory against the team. They are currently in a strong position in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. This game was the second of three consecutive home games for Duke.
Boston College will be playing against Louisville at home on Tuesday.
Duke will be playing at home on Monday against Wake Forest.