The atmosphere was very much like that of a late-night ACC game.
Despite the fact that they were locked in another low-scoring, grind-it-out game against Notre Dame, the No. 9 Duke basketball team walked off Coach K Court with a 71-53 victory against the Fighting Irish basketball team at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Although the Blue Devils (17-5, 8-3 ACC) were better in that area on Wednesday night, they still weren’t as sharp as they have been at certain moments this season. This was in response to a loss that occurred at the hands of the University of North Carolina, in which head coach Jon Scheyer praised the effort of his team.
After coming off the bench, Caleb Foster and Sean Stewart provided Duke with an immediate surge of energy, which assisted the Blue Devils in expanding their lead over the Fighting Irish (7-16, 2-10) in the second half of the game.
Along with Foster and Mark Mitchell, who each scored 13 points, Jared McCain also scored 11 points, bringing the total number of points scored by the squad to double figures.
Duke basketball’s dull performance from Kyle Filipowski
Kyle Filipowski, who was only on the court for seven minutes and picked up two quick fouls in the first half, had another night that was, at times, extremely aggravating. In the second half, Filipowski began to show signs of improvement after the first half ended without a single point being scored.
He scored eight points in ten minutes before being sent to the bench for his fourth foul. Although Filipowski was able to gather nine rebounds, he was unsuccessful in seven of his nine shoots.
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Caleb Foster, a freshman guard, achieved the finest stretch of any Blue Devil player, scoring nine points and providing what is likely the loudest assist that Cameron Indoor Stadium has witnessed thus far this season.
All of that was accomplished by Foster in a span of six minutes, during which he lobbed the ball to Sean Stewart, a fellow freshman who followed it up with a two-handed slam in the first half that caused the decibel levels in the building to rise.
In his final game against the Fighting Irish, Foster finished with 13 points, following a string of 12 points scored in his previous two outings.