Okafor-less Duke crushes Clemson

by Feb 21, 6:23 PM
Evan Pike / Reuters

Despite announcing prior to the game that its top player, Jahlil Okafor, would not play, Duke had little trouble getting by Clemson in an ACC tilt on Saturday afternoon, claiming a 78-56 victory.

Blue Devils guard Quinn Cook carried the scoring load for Duke, pouring in a game-high 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting, adding four assists, four rebounds and a steal. Forward Justise Winslow had a monster game himself, notching the game's only double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds, adding four steals and an assist.

Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame was the only Clemson player to reach double-digits in scoring, pouring in 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting.

As for Okafor, who sprained his ankle in the team's last game against North Carolina, he cheered his teammates on from the bench, continuing to wear a walking boot on his injured left leg.

Next up for Duke is a road tilt with Virginia Tech on Wednesday.