King for a day: freshman leads Duke past EKU

DURHAM, N.C. – In the first ever meeting between the two programs, #10 Duke defeated the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team Sunday afternoon in Cameron Indoor Stadium, 78-43. The Blue Devils improve to 6-0 while the Colonels fall to 2-3.

Sophomore Adam Leonard finished with a team-high 12 points, nine of which came in the second half. Junior Mike Rose chipped in with 11 points and three assists on 50 percent (4-of-8) shooting.

For the Blue Devils, Taylor King came off the bench to tally 27 points. Most of King’s points came from behind the arc as the freshman went 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from three-point land. Meanwhile, DeMarcus Nelson and Gerald Henderson combined for 22 points.

Eastern Kentucky’s defense kept the Colonels hanging around throughout much of the first half. A Leonard three-pointer cut the Duke lead to 6-5 six minutes into the game. However, the Blue Devils countered with 12 consecutive points over the next four minutes to build an 18-5 cushion. A Rose trifecta later in the half helped EKU claw to within 11 points, 23-12, but the Colonels would get no closer.

Duke ended the half with an 11-0 run to take a 34-12 lead into the locker rooms.

The Colonel offense showed some life in the second half as the Maroons shot 50 percent (12-of-24) from the floor. Senior Darnell Dialls notched all seven of his points after intermission and finished with a game-high seven rebounds.

Eastern Kentucky returns home this Wednesday, Nov. 28, to host James Madison. Game time is set for 7 p.m.