No. 7 Duke fends off Boston College for 4th straight win ahead of trip to UNC


Duke guard Cassius Stanley (2) slams a dunk during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boston College in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (WNCN) – No. 7 Duke fended off Boston College Tuesday night, 63-55, to pick up its fourth win in a row heading into Saturday’s trip to Chapel Hill.

The hosting Eagles led Duke at halftime and for most of the second half. A Jairus Hamilton layup gave Boston College a 49-46 lead with 7:11 to play, but Joey Baker’s 3-pointer kick-started a 12-1 spree by the Blue Devils.

That was Duke’s only make from long range in 15 tries. Boston College also struggled in going 2-of-18 from behind the arc.

Tre Jones’ layup with 1:50 left in the second half punctuated the run that won the game for Duke.

Vernon Carey Jr. finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds — including five offensive boards — for a double-double. Jones led the Blue Devils with 18 points.

Derryck Thornton led all scorers with 21 points for Boston College, which was coming off a weekend win at North Carolina. The Eagles next travel to Virginia Tech on Saturday.

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