Okafor scores career-high 28 as No. 2 Duke routs Boston College
DURHAM, N.C. — Freshman Jahlil Okafor scored a career-high 28 points, and No. 2 Duke beat Boston College 85-62 on Saturday.
Quinn Cook added 15 points to help the Blue Devils (13-0, 1-0) win their Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
They shot 47 percent and used runs of 17-2 and 14-0 to pull away for their 41st straight victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium — the longest active streak in the nation.
Olivier Hanlan finished with 22 points for the Eagles (7-5, 0-1), who have lost two of three and were playing their first road game. They shot 40 percent but never got closer than 10 in the second half.
Okafor’s previous scoring high didn’t even last a week: Five nights earlier against Toledo, he had 27. He’s finished with at least 20 points in all three games of Duke’s homestand and in six of eight.
A 50 percent free throw shooter, Okafor was 14 of 17 from the line and hit 10 in a row. Duke was 22 of 29 on foul shots while BC was just 7 of 10.
Aaron Brown scored 11 points for BC, and his 3-pointer with just over 13 minutes left pulled the Eagles to 53-43.
Okafor then started the decisive run of 14 straight points with a jumper in the lane. At the other end of the court, he absorbed an elbow from Dennis Clifford, who was whistled for a flagrant foul.
Okafor hit two free throws before 3s on three straight possessions — two by Rasheed Sulaimon, one by Cook — pushed the lead to 66-43 with just under 10 minutes remaining.
Justise Winslow finished with 13 points and Sulaimon had 11 for Duke.
Boston College: This was the Eagles’ sixth trip to Cameron as ACC members and all six games have been decided by double figures.
Duke: The Blue Devils opened 13-0 for the ninth time in school history. Eight of those starts have come under coach Mike Krzyzewski — who moved four wins shy of 1,000 for his career.
Boston College hosts Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
Duke visits Wake Forest on Wednesday night.