DUREM, North Carolina (AP) – Wendell Moore, Jr. scored 21 points when Duke No. 2 retired to take down the Appalachian state 92-67 Thursday night.
Moore made 8 of 11 shots, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Paolo Banchero has 16 points, AJ Griffin and Trevor Keels have 11 points each, and Jeremy Roach has 10 points for the Blue Devil (9-1).
Duke finished the first half 20-9 and was in the lead with 13 points in the interval. App State (6-6) were leading 24-23 in the middle of the first half.
At the start of the second half, the Climbers narrowed the gap to five points, but Duke then connected three straight three-point attempts to bring the lead back to double digits.
The climbers’ leader was Michael Almonasi with all 17 points in the first half. Justin Forrest had 16 points for app state.
Appalachian State: The Climbers regain 92% of their points from a team that competed in the NCAA a year ago, becoming the third team in the state to do so. The Alpinists played with Duke for some time, but in the second half they could not keep up with the Blue Devils. However, the App State should have enough firepower to compete for the Sun Belt championship again.
Duke: The Blue Devils played well enough to win by a comfortable margin. Duke took care of the ball, making 21 assists with nine assists. Duke entered the game with the third-best gear-to-turnover ratio in the country – plus -1.95.
Appalachian State: Climbers return to Triangle on Tuesday to play in North Carolina.
Duke: After his game against Cleveland State was canceled, Duke will now be hosting Loyola (Maryland) on Saturday.
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