Duke Loses Its Unbeatable Mystique In Loss To Gonzaga

Many projected the Duke Blue Devils males’s basketball workforce to steamroll by means of the competitors on their option to an undefeated report however the no. three ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs had different issues in thoughts when the 2 groups met up within the Maui Invitational title sport Wednesday evening – the rating ending 89-97. 

Duke could have come up brief, however it wasn’t as a consequence of a scarcity of effort, as Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, the workforce’s two finest gamers, mixed for a stellar 45 factors, in a reasonably even cut up. The different workforce’s star gamers have been simply as deadly, particularly within the first half of play, the place the Bulldogs constructed themselves an insurmountable lead off the again of Rui Hachimura’s environment friendly 20-point efficiency. Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. who chipped in 18 factors himself, summed up his their efforts as a whole workforce effort.

“Experience performs a giant function on this,” mentioned Norvell Jr, “We got here down the stretch and received some stops. We knew we have been profitable it on the defensive finish.” Gonzaga’s coach Mark Few was equally enamored together with his workforce’s effort stage, expressing himself in so few phrases after the sport: “I believed we performed nice.”

With the victory, Gonzaga runs its report to 6-Zero, whereas Duke drops to 5-1 on the season, this early out the gate.