Historically, Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey, a former Duke assistant, has had success against the program he once coached at.
Coming into Monday night’s game, Brey had a 5-4 record against Krzyzewski as Notre Dame’s head coach. But in order to beat the fourth-ranked Blue Devils on Monday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium, without its top two players, it would take a monumental effort.
The Fighting Irish made it interesting though. With 12:21 left in the game, they had closed the gap to six points, 58-52. But Duke went on a 10-2 run over the next one minute and 30 seconds. It gave Duke a double-digit lead, one that was too big for Notre Dame to climb out of. Duke continued to pad its lead and would go on to win 88-66.
It’s was Duke’s (19-3, 7-3 ACC) sixth conference win in its last seven games, after losing to No. 2 Virginia 65-63 on Saturday.
Freshman guard Gary Trent Jr. led Duke in scoring with 22 points. He also added 10 rebounds. Trent continued his hot shooting from behind the 3-point line, where he was 6-for-10.
Jack White, who hadn’t played much this season, had one of his best games. He was a crucial part an 18-0 run Duke went on late in the game. He had 5 points and 7 rebounds, and knocked down his first 3-pointer of the season, one that got the majority of those in Cameron Indoor Stadium on their feet.
The Fighting Irish made it a game early on. They crashed the offensive glass and knocked down some 3-pointers. Senior Martinas Geben hit four of his first five from behind the arc.
Notre Dame (13-9, 3-6 ACC) was playing without its top two players, seniors Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell. Colson has been sidelined since Dec. 29, with a broken foot. Farrell was out with an ankle injury.
But the Fighting Irish ran out of steam in the second half. After Notre Dame started the second half with a 3-pointer, Duke scored the game’s next eight points.
It started with freshman guard Trevon Duval’s alley-oop to freshman forward Marvin Bagley III. Then Duval stole the basketball on defense and took it down court for the layup as he was fouled. After Notre Dame shot an air-ball, Bagley hit a 3-pointer on Duke’s next possession. It put Duke up 50-37 with 18:10 left in the game.
Notre Dame would bring the score to six points before Duke went on its big 18-0 run.
Marques Bolden, who had missed the past seven games with a MCL sprained, played 12 minutes. He had 3 rebounds.
Senior guard Grayson Allen finished with 18 points and 8 assists. Bagley had 12 points (4-for-14) and 8 rebounds.