No. 2 Duke cruises past Dartmouth 92-54

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023
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DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Kyle Filipowski scored 25 points to lead No. 2 Duke to an easy 92-54 victory against Dartmouth on Monday night as the season tipped off for both teams.

Jeremy Roach added 14 points and Caleb Foster had 15 off the bench.

The Blue Devils led 42-21 at halftime and steadily increased their lead in the second half.

The preseason Atlantic Coast Conference favorite won its 23rd straight season opener despite playing without returning wing starter Mark Mitchell due to a lower-body injury.

Jaylen Blakes also reached double figures for Duke, contributing 10 points off the bench.

The Blue Devils shot 41.2% from beyond the arc and 64.4% overall against the smaller Big Green.

Duke took over midway through the first half, making 11 of 14 shots through the final 10 minutes to stretch out a lead. That included a run of six scores in seven possessions, starting with Filipowski and Ryan Young inside and followed by against-the-zone 3s from Foster, Tyrese Proctor and then the 7-foot Filipowski.

Dusan Neskovic was the only Dartmouth player in double figures with 23 points. The rest of his team combined to make 8 of 37 shots (21.6%). Dartmouth has lost 44 straight to ranked opponents and fell to 3-55 in those games all-time.

The Blue Devils haven't lost an opener since an 0-2 start in the 1999-2000 season and were coming off a 16-0 record at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Jon Scheyer's debut season as successor to retired Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski.

The Blue Devils figure to get a tougher test on Friday night, when they host No. 12 Arizona. That game includes a reunion of sorts with Wildcats guard Caleb Love, a transfer from Blue Devils rival North Carolina.

The Associated Press contributed.