National Basketball Association
Duke 79, Wake Forest 68
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 9, 2021
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
# Mark Schnur, # Clarence Armstrong, # Jamie Luckie
Matthew Hurt scored a career-high 26 points despite some foul trouble as No. 21 Duke defeated visiting Wake Forest 79-68 on Saturday afternoon in an Atlantic Coast Conference game in Durham, N.C.
DJ Steward's 21 points, Jordan Goldwire's 14 points and Jeremy Roach's 12 points were also boosts for the Blue Devils, who broke away in the final 11 minutes after the game was tied 55-55. Hurt, a sophomore forward, made 10 of 15 shots from the field, including four 3-point baskets.
Duke (5-2, 3-0 ACC) has won three consecutive games, though this was only its second outing since Dec. 16 following a one-point home victory Wednesday night against Boston College.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski returned to the bench after missing the previous game because he was in quarantine after close contact with a family member who had tested positive for coronavirus.
Krzyzewski saw the Blue Devils shoot 50.8 percent from the field.
Ismael Massoud and Daivien Williamson each scored 17 points for Wake Forest (3-3, 0-3 ACC), which has played three ACC games in a seven-day stretch after only three nonconference games across more than a month's span.
The Demon Deacons, who held a couple of brief one-point leads in the second half, shot 6-for-20 on 3-pointers, though they were aided by 18-for-21 on free throws.
Massoud hit three free throws to tie the game at 55-55 with 11:45 to go. Duke countered with a 15-6 spurt to give it a 70-61 lead, as the Demon Deacons shot 2-for-9 from the field in that stretch. Steward had five points for Duke during the run.
Duke benefited from a 35-25 rebounding edge along with Wake Forest's 15 turnovers. Duke's Wendell Moore Jr. and Massoud each grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
Duke has won 12 of the past 13 meetings against the Demon Deacons, whose lone win during that span was last year's victory over the visiting Blue Devils in double overtime.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Ismael Massoud 17
Matthew Hurt 26
Carter Whitt 3
Jordan Goldwire 5
Ismael Massoud 8
Wendell Moore Jr. 8
Ismael Massoud 5
||Free Throws Made
DJ Steward 4
Carter Whitt 3
Jaemyn Brakefield 3
Jalen Johnson 1
DJ Steward 2
Team Stats Summary