Tyrese Proctor's 22 points propel No. 9 Duke past La Salle 95-66
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Sophomore guard Tyrese Proctor scored a career-high 22 and No. 9 Duke had several big second-half runs to bury La Salle in a 95-66 win Tuesday night.
Kyle Filipowski added 17 points, reserve Sean Stewart scored 16 and Mark Mitchell had 12 for Duke (4-1), which won for the third time in eight nights.
Anwar Gil scored 17 points and Jhamir Brickus posted 13 points for La Salle (4-1), which had been off to a 4-0 start for the first time in nine years. The Explorers shot 41.4% from the field in their first road game of the season.
La Salle’s Fran Dunphy, in his 32nd season as a Division I head coach, was bidding for his 600th career victory. He’s 599-345.
Filipowski, who had only three points in the first half, racked up Duke’s first eight points of the second half as the Blue Devils surged to a 47-31 advantage. A late 10-0 run for Duke came with several reserves on the court.
The Explorers managed just 6-for-24 shooting on 3-pointers.
Duke had an early 11-2 lead before the Explorers pulled within 19-18. La Salle had a stretch of almost four minutes without a field goal and the Blue Devils held 10-point leads several times before a 39-29 halftime edge.
The Explorers shot 36.7% from the field in the first half and then committed turnovers on two of their first three possessions after halftime.
La Salle: The Explorers didn’t have answers defensively, particularly when the Blue Devils were beating them down the court. Shooting woes put the Explorers in a hole on the offensive end in their lowest-scoring game of the season.
Duke: The Blue Devils are showing offensive versatility as four different players have led the team in scoring across the last four games. Transition baskets came in several doses and those kept the momentum on their side.
La Salle: Host Coppin State on Sunday.
Duke: Host Southern Indiana on Friday.
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