Thursday night, just a few hours after securing a verbal from Quinn Cook, the defending Division I National Champions took on the defending Division II National Champions, Cal Poly Pomona, and came out on top by a score of 81-60. To see some of our coverage and commentary on the game, check out our live blog found here.
Duke got off to a bit of a rough start but still led at halftime 39-33. The Broncos had their way in the paint in that half, actually outrebounding Duke 23-17. On the offensive end, the team was a bit sloppy, committing almost as many turnovers as assists (1 less). However, that’s exactly what these exhibition games are for: To shake off the cobwebs and get back in the swing of things. No disrespect to Cal Poly Pomona though. They came out ready to go.
In the second half, Duke pulled things together and took control. When the final buzzer sounded, all 5 starters finished in double-digit scoring, and Mason Plumlee added 12 rebs on top of his 11 pts for a double-double. While there are some negatives from this game (2-15 from beyond the arc, 17-28 from the free throw line), there are certainly a number of positives, such as the 21 turnovers forced and of course, the large large amount of fast breaks and alley oops. Check out some of the highlights from the game, as seen from Arun, Scott, and Amogh’s perspectives from the front row of Section 17: