NCAA Men's Basketball Results: Duke Blue Devils Defeat Elon On Wednesday
The Duke Blue Devils collected their 12th victory after they defeated the Elon Phoenix on Wednesday.
In the first half, the Blue Devils had an 8-point lead (32-24) before Grayson Allen was called for a technical foul as he tripped Elon's Steven Santa Ana at the 4:15 mark. After that incident, Duke lost their momentum, as the Phoenix started an 11-2 run and finished the first half leading by a single point (34-35).
In the second half, the Blue Devils started strong and dictated the tempo of the game. Duke never looked back as they continue to pushed the ball in with every given opportunity, and maximized every possession they had, which resulted in a 72-61 win over Elon Phoenix.
FINAL: Duke 72, Elon 61 pic.twitter.com/zEnZzlYs3b
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The Blue Devils were led by Luke Kennard who contributed 21 points, 7 rebounds and a steal, while Jayson Tatum filled the stat sheet with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 assists, 2 steals, and Amile Jefferson provided 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks. Freshman Frank Jackson delivered good number coming off the bench with 7 points, 2 rebounds and single assist and steal.
Brian Dawkins led the Elon Phoenix with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 1 steal, while Steven Santa Ana tallied 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.
After the game, Allen apologized to Santa Ana and also to Elon's coach Mike Matheny during a meeting that Duke's coach Mike Krzyzewski set up for the four of them. Coach Krzyzewski called the tripping incident unacceptable, and the right thing to do was to apologize in person.
Grayson Allen said, "I made a really bad play. I'm sorry to him, Santa Ana. I'm sorry to the officials who had to call that. I'm sorry to my team. It was selfish and taking away from them. I'm not proud of that at all."
Coach Krzyzewski mentioned that he was responsible for Allen, and he also defended how he handled Allen as a coach, and also as a teacher. Kryzyzewski continued, "I handle things the way I handle them. I think I've handled this correctly, and moving forward, I will continue to handle it correctly... I'm a teacher and a coach, and I'm responsible for that kid. I know him better than anybody, and so to think that it's the last thing that's said about this to him is wrong."
Next Up: The Blue Devils will face the Virginia Tech Hokies on New Year's Eve, while the Elon Phoenix will go against the Central Pennsylvania College Knights on Dec. 29. Here's the Blue Devils-Phoenix game highlights (credits to ACC Digital Network/YouTube).
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