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Duke Uses Quick Start to Take Care of Quakers

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It looked like a game that was no frills, strictly business for Duke as they were looking to improve their record and their play on the court.  After playing no games in the previous 10 days prior to Friday, the Blue Devils were playing their second game in three days. Duke had no problems with Western Michigan on Friday, had very few problems with Penn Sunday.  The Blue Devils used a quick start to propel it past the Quakers 85-55 and improve their record to 12-1 on the season.

Duke shot nearly 50 percent from the floor and out rebounded the smaller Quakers 45 to 24 while holding them to just over 35 percent from the floor.

It was another balanced attack by the Blue Devils who were paced by  Ryan Kelly who scored 18, his best scoring game since the Maui Invitational. Fellow captains Miles Plumlee and Seth Curry were both in double digits with 10 and 15 respectively.

Freshman Austin Rivers had a quiet game, scoring only eight points. on 3 of 8 shooting, but played with in himself. It gave Duke only its second look at a game when Rivers was off, offensively, but they still managed to win comfortably.

Once again it was Quinn Cook who showed he is quickly becoming an important player in Duke's plans moving forward. Cook played 22 minutes, scored six points and dished out nine assists. But most impressively he had no turnovers.

Cook is setting himself up to potentially contend for a starting spot, though Tyler Thornton played well too, but doesn't have the same play making ability as Cook, but he is a better defender.

Overall it wasn't a game that anyone will walk away and say, "Wow," but it was solid work against a respectable team in Penn.

The Blue Devils have a couple days to prep for its final nonconference game for a while, Wednesday against Temple in Philadelphia. It will be a good road test prior to the start of the ACC season Saturday against Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

In a side note Duke has some important guests at Cameron for the Penn game including 2013 recruit Julius Randle, 2014 targets Theo Pinson and JaQuel Richmond. If we hear any news on that front we will bring that to you here at the Duke Sports Blog.

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