DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — No. 7 Duke raced past Delaware for a 92-58 victory Friday night behind 18 points from Kyle Filipowski.
Filipowski made 7 of 13 shots and had eight rebounds for the Blue Devils (3-1). Tyrese Proctor added 13 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, while Mark Mitchell had 12 points and Jacob Grandison added 10 for Duke.
Jyare Davis led the visiting Blue Hens (1-2) with 11 points and three assists. Cavan Reilly and Jameer Nelson Jr. each had 10 points.
After Delaware scored the opening basket on a 3-pointer from Davis, the Blue Devils broke off an 18-7 run to take the lead. Duke was effective in the early portion of the game largely because of the play of Proctor, who had nine points in his first 11 minutes on the floor.
The Blue Hens trimmed the deficit to seven points with about 12 minutes to play in the second half, but after a media timeout, the Blue Devils responded with a 22-2 run to take a 27-point advantage. That stretch from Duke was highlighted by a fast break one-handed dunk by Jaylen Blakes.
Duke’s win saw the debut of highly-touted freshman Dariq Whitehead. The 6-foot-7 wing came off the bench and had six points in 15 minutes. Whitehead missed Duke’s first three games while recovering from surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot.
Duke: The Blue Devils bounced back from a neutral site loss to No. 6 Kansas in a big way. Poor shooting from deep and 18 turnovers hounded Duke in its loss to the Jayhawks. Against Delaware, the Blue Devils flipped the script in those areas, shooting 42.9% from behind the arc and nearly cutting their turnovers in half.
Delaware: Before falling far behind late in the second half, the Blue Hens trailed by just six points at intermission. If the effort that Delaware displayed in the first half is replicable, it should make the Blue Hens competitive in the Colonial Athletic Association again.
Duke: The Blue Devils host Bellarmine on Monday.
Delaware: Next Friday in Philadelphia, the Blue Hens face Colgate in the Cathedral Classic.