DURHAM, N.C. — Those freshmen at No. 4 Duke are figuring out how to score at this level. It helps that they have a veteran sophomore getting them the ball.
Tre Jones had 15 points and eight assists in the Blue Devils’ 89-55 rout of Colorado State on Friday night.
Alex O’Connell had 14 points while three freshmen also reached double figures — Cassius Stanley led the way with 19 points, Vernon Carey had 11 before fouling out and Wendell Moore Jr. finished with 10 — for the Blue Devils (2-0).
“That’s going to be our team — we’re going to play a lot of guys and see what works,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
They shot 54% and dominated the paint, hitting 70% of their shots inside the arc to win their 38th consecutive home opener.
Wearing gray uniforms trimmed in gold to honor Krzyzewski — who led the U.S. national team to three consecutive Olympic gold medals from 2008-16 — the Blue Devils pulled away by closing the first half on a 10-0 run, then outscored the Rams 47-29 in the final 20 minutes.
“We know that that’ll come — we’re still learning a lot of things about ourselves,” Jones said. “We’re really focused on defense right now, and that can lead to easy offense. We’re still figuring out our offense, bit by bit, and always keep learning.”
Duke improved to 19-1 when Jones — the only member of last season’s star-studded freshman class to return for his sophomore season — scores in double figures. He followed his 15-point, seven-assist performance in the opening victory over No. 3 Kansas in the Champions Classic with another strong game.
He had a hand in 11 of Duke’s first 21 field goals — hitting seven, assisting on four — and his reverse layup with 17½ minutes left pushed the lead into the 20s.