Durham, North Carolina. Again and again, Duke No. 8 went outside at the Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Kyle Filipowski scored 18 points to lead Duke in scoring for the fourth time this season in a hard-earned 74-57 win over Bellarmine on Monday night.
More than half of Duke’s points came from three-pointers.
“We do a lot of those shots here in Cameron,” security guard Jeremy Roach said. “I think this is normal. We knew that their protection would hide the paint, so we wanted to be ready to fire.”
The Blue Devils (4-1) had five players with at least two 3-pointers in a 14-of-35 team game from 3-point.
Jacob Grandison scored 16 points off the bench on 4-of-6 shooting and Roach scored 10 points for the Blue Devils. Filipovski hit 3 of 5 3s.
“When you hit the right shots, they hit the target,” Duke coach John Scheier said. “We had great quality in choosing the shots.”
Duke’s three-point shot didn’t surprise Bellarmine coach Scott Davenport, who said the Blue Devils’ 15-2 lead in second chance was no less worrisome.
“You choose your poison,” he said. “Give them credit, they fired.”
Kurt Hopf and Juston Betz both scored 11 points for Bellarmine (2-3), which was within 12 points with eight minutes left in the game.
“We have moved forward in the last two hours,” Davenport said. “I think the moment we started shooting before the game until the horn went off was a great example of what our program is about. We competed. We played for each other.”
Duke has won twice at home since last week’s four-point loss to undefeated Kansas in Indianapolis.
The Blue Devils shot 52% from the field in the first half to take a 41-33 lead, and the lead was halved in the last seven minutes after they went up by 16.
Duke hit six triples among his first nine field goals en route to a 25-12 lead. By then, the Blue Devils had figured out the perfect approach to spotting good shots.
“One less dribble and find this (teammate),” defender Tyrese Proctor said.
Five Blue Devils scored triples in the first eight minutes of the second half.
Duke had 18 assists on 25 field goals and eight turnovers on the season.
“I thought we had some really selfless games when we shared the ball,” Shayer said. “This will be the recipe for us in the future.”
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Bellarmine: The Knights have shown good discipline on the shot clock and often have quality shots. But they didn’t have enough defensive responses to bring them to an upset.
Duke: The Blue Devils were throwing a lot of three-point shots, but most of the time they were in good position. They had to play a few difficult minutes in defense, and in general they coped with their task. It was the closest of their four home games this season under freshman coach John Shayer.
It was Bellarmine’s third game against an Atlantic Coast Conference team in which he beat Louisville and lost to Clemson. The Knights have scheduled visits to UCLA and Kentucky through the end of November. . It was Duke’s first game with over 10 successful 3-point shots. The Blue Devils have amassed nine triples in their last two games.
Bellarmine: in Loyola Marymount
Duke: Thursday vs. Oregon State at the Phil Knight Invitational (in Portland, Oregon).
LAHINA, Hawaii. Texas Tech’s defensive identity was on full display against a Louisville team that was trying to find its way under freshman coach Kenny Payne.
The 21st-seeded Red Raiders scored the fewest points in 74 years against the Cardinals in a 70-38 win at Tuesday’s Maui Invitational, a feat that continued Louisville’s worst start to the season since 1940-41.
“We’re going to dive into the floor, we’re going to play hard,” said Technological Institute freshman Robert Jennings. “We will make the teams feel uncomfortable. We’re going to be the team that people don’t want to play.”
Louisville had a pretty tough time on offense when they lost 80-54 to ninth-seeded Arkansas on Monday. On Tuesday things got much worse. The Cardinals shot 29% overall and 23% on 3-pointers, as well as 40 assists in two games.
“The two things I took away from Arkansas and Texas Tech were their defense and their ability to generate turnover,” Payne said. “It’s not about how qualified they are. It’s about their will.”
Kevin Obanore scored 15 points as he led the Red Raiders (4-1), who bounced back from a 76-65 loss to No. 10 Creighton on Monday, posting their highest defensive performance since Incarnate Word’s 37 points in 2018. .
“They were constantly imposing their will on us throughout the game and we were flipping the ball and we had poor shooting percentage because of them,” Payne said. “We have to learn from this and play the way they played.”
Louisville (0-5) went scoreless for over 10 minutes at halftime. The Cardinals missed 13 field goals and two free throws and had six assists during the drought.
When it started, Texas Tech was leading 20-13. When it ended with a layup for Sidney Curry, the Red Raiders were leading 45-15.
The Cardinals’ 38 points were the lowest since losing 62-34 to Xavier on January 7, 1948.
A Jaylon Tyson three-pointer extended the Red Raiders’ lead to double figures during a 17–2 rush that ended with the Red Raiders taking a 32–13 lead at the half.
The 13 points in the first half was the fewest points allowed by Texas Tech since Northwestern State scored 10 points on December 12, 2018. It was only the second time since the 2009-10 season that Louisville had scored so low in the first half.
Of the 12 Texas Tech players who came up, 11 scored, with the Red Raiders hitting 43% per game and throwing 14 interceptions.
El Ellis and Jay’Lyn Withers each scored seven points for the Cardinals, who were 11 of 49 from the field (27%) and finished with 18 losses.
“Well, I pushed them really hard yesterday,” technical coach Mark Adams said. “I don’t necessarily like being like that. But we have so many new and young players and we have to make them grow. Sometimes you have to do it differently. We were more strict with them and talked more about discipline and toughness.
“There’s still a long way to go, but it’s been great to see that these guys are at least listening, teachable and, I think, taking a step forward.”
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Texas Institute of Technology: Adams never lost back-to-back games with the Red Raiders in his second season. Tech’s trademark defense is in mid-season form, having scored 55 points or less in three of its first four games.
Louisville: Cardinals’ worst start in 82 years continues. They started 1940-41 with 11 losses in a row.
Texas Institute of Technology plays Wednesday for fifth place against winner Ohio State-Cincinnati.
Louisville plays in Wednesday’s seventh-place game against underdog Ohio-Cincinnati.
LAHINA, Hawaii. Creighton’s free offense was uncharacteristically intermittent and sloppy during the first 20 minutes of play against Texas Tech.
After that, the 10th-seeded Bluejays looked just as they had before, taking a quick lead in the second half to go 76–65 over the No. 21 Red Raiders in the first game of the Maui Invitational on Monday.
“For the first time on the road with this team, they may have been excited and excited,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. “We were definitely not ourselves at the beginning of that game. I think we had as many losses in the first 20 possessions as we did in four games. So once we settled in, I thought we were fine.”
The Bluejays (5-0) had a season-high 13 passes, all in the first half, and then began to roll.
Arthur Caluma scored 18 points to lead all five Creighton starters by double figures. Trey Alexander scored 13 of his 17 points at half-time and Ryan Nembhard finished with 16. Baylor Scheierman had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Big man Ryan Kalkbrenner, who sprained his ankle at the end of the first half and aggravated the situation at the end of the second, scored 10 points.
“Thank God Kalkbrenner was strong enough to play with a pretty good ankle sprain,” McDermott said, “because his presence at the rim and on the glass is so important to us.”
Daniel Batcho scored a Red Raiders-record 17 points (3–1), who were seven points early in the lead, while Creighton struggled to adjust to his trademark “right to the face” defense.
“You can cook whatever you want,” McDermott said, “but it’s so hard to mimic the physical defenses and quickness of their movements.”
Creighton beat Texas Tech 23–12 coming out of the half to open the game with a score of 31.
“The biggest difference was in the first four minutes,” said Texas Tech coach Mark Adams. “They came out and just punched us in the mouth and I thought that was the difference. They came out with a very aggressive mindset at both ends of the court. It set the tone for the rest of the game.”
Oleksandr took a cross from the post from Sheyerman and hit a three-pointer from the flank to start the second half. After Kaluma blocked the shot, Alexander made a pass to Nembhard. A minute later, Nembhard hit with a left hand from the right side of the basket, and Alexander followed up with a three-pointer.
Nembhard’s three-pointer from the dribble gave the Bluejays their first double-digit lead, and Caluma scored seven straight points for Creighton to make it 64–50 with seven minutes left in the game.
Pop Isaacs scored 13 points, De’Vion Harmon scored 12, and Kevin Obanor added 10 points for Texas Tech.
The Bluejays passed the ball five times in their first six possessions to help the Texas Tech go up. They found some rhythm during a 13-2 series that put them ahead, but another string of losses kept them from developing it.
“In the second half, we didn’t really get into the game,” Adams said. “But it’s all about their great shooting and shot selection.”
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