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Feb 10, 2024 4:29 pm

No. 9 Duke pulls away in second half to top Boston College

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Mark Mitchell scored 17 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 9 Duke took control in the second half to defeat visiting Boston College 80-65 on Saturday afternoon at Durham, N.C.

Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach each had 16 points, Jared McCain collected 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tyrese Proctor posted 10 points for Duke (18-5, 9-3 ACC), which has won two in a row at home since a loss last Sunday at North Carolina.

Mason Madsen scored 15 points, Claudell Harris Jr. added 13 points, Devin McGlockton posted 11 points and Jaeden Zackery had 10 points for the Eagles (13-10, 4-8), who shot 5-for-26 on 3-pointers and 40.7 percent overall from the field.

Boston College scoring leader Quinten Post was limited to eight points, more than half under his 16.4 average entering the game.

Duke finally built a double-digit lead in the second half. Mitchell had five straight points as the margin swelled to 56-43.

The Blue Devils made five of their first 10 second-half shots from 3-point range. That made up for limited free-throw opportunities, with the Blue Devils at 2 of 5 on foul shots with less than eight minutes to play. They finished 10 of 13 for the game.

Boston College went up 28-27 with 4:47 remaining in the first half on consecutive 3-pointers from Harris for its first lead since the opening two minutes of the game. Duke answered with a 7-0 spurt.

The Blue Devils led 36-32 at halftime while shooting 4 of 16 from 3-point range. Boston College didn’t score on its first four possessions of the second half and fell into a 43-32 hole.

Five of Boston College’s first six shots in the game were from 3-point range. Madsen had nine of the team’s first 11 points.

The Eagles were aiming for their fifth true road win of the season, something they haven’t accomplished in 13 years. Boston College is winless in 14 all-time games at Duke.

–Field Level Media

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