Duke buries mistake-prone Wake
Wake Forest didn’t have its leading scorer against No. 11 Duke. Once the Demon Deacons started giving the ball to the Blue Devils, they didn’t have much of a chance.
Wake Forest had 19 turnovers, including five straight during the run that led to an 83-63 loss to Duke on Tuesday night.
“It was an uphill climb from then on,” coach Jeff Bzdelik said. “It just shows you how important each and every possession still is. ... That’s a big difference, obviously, especially in a place like this.”
Devin Thomas had 14 points before fouling out for the Demon Deacons (14-9, 4-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have lost three straight for the first time this season.
Duke scored 26 points off all those Wake Forest giveaways.
Playing without leading scorer Codi Miller-McIntyre, Wake Forest hung around for about 15 minutes before ultimately losing their 15th straight at Cameron Indoor Stadium — all by double figures.
Miller-McIntyre, who averages 14.4 points, was in uniform on the bench but was unable to play after spraining his ankle three days earlier against Georgia Tech.
Bzdelik said the team’s medical staff told him Tuesday morning that, “’Hey, we’re not going to do this.’”
“It’s too tender, and he would not have been effective,” Bzdelik said. “We didn’t want a setback, obviously, with a lot of basketball left to be played.”
Arnaud William Adala Moto had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and freshman Miles Overton had a season-high 12 points for the Demon Deacons, who fell to 2-28 in ACC road games in Bzdelik’s fourth year.
Jabari Parker scored 21 points and Rasheed Sulaimon added 19 points for the Blue Devils (18-5, 7-3).
Playing their first game since their thrill-a-minute, 81-79 overtime loss to eventual No. 1 Syracuse, they showed no signs of sluggishness.
“We beat the emotional hangover,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
And the Demon Deacons, too.
Duke shot nearly 51 percent, hit 12 3-pointers against one of the ACC’s best perimeter defenses and used a big run at the end of the first half to roll to its eighth straight victory over its instate rival.
“It was something for us to prove,” Parker said. “I think it was a game where we needed to improve and just get back going.”
They had 19 turnovers — including five straight during Duke’s decisive run.
Andre Dawkins added 17 points with four 3-pointers for Duke, which won its 29th straight home game.
Parker reached the 20-point mark for the 13th time and third time in ACC play.