Originally written on SCACC Hoops  |  Last updated 9/23/14
Mason Plumlee scored 18 points and hauled in 11 rebounds for yet another double double to lead the Blue Devils to their 8th win of the season. Duke took it to Delaware easily dispatching the Blue Hens 88-50 to improve to 8-0 on the season. The good news for the Blue Devils, partially due to the margin of victory, Seth Curry sitting this one out to rest his leg, and little foul trouble, Duke’s bench erupted for 27 points led behind Amile Jefferson’s 12 points/6 boards, and Alex Murphy’s 10 points and 7 rebounds. Duke playing their 5th game since Thanksgiving, came out red hot, and that defense that has been shaky, looked to be in fine shape all game long. The Blue Devils did not appear to be tired, as some might think coming off a string of highly competitive games in short period. Rasheed Sulaimon scored 14 points and had 6 assists. Quinn Cook added 8 points and had 5 assists, but Tyler Thornton dished out 10 of his own, and the Duke team had 22 assists overall as a team. Ryan Kelly also had another in his long line of impressive games scoring 18 points. The Blue Hens are definitely a level behind the Blue Devils, but the ability for Duke to gain some bench experience, not to mention confidence could help deepen the bench. Even Todd Zafirovski scored the first 2 points of his career in his first action of the season. Alex Murphy scored the first points of his career on a reverse layup in the second half. Murphy who was a preseason starter this year but has played limited minutes,had missed his first 4 shots of this season before he scored an obvious career high 10 points. The bench play will become key as the season progresses, and once Marshall Plumlee returns, if at full strength, the bench will only get deeper. Foul trouble won’t be a big issue when you can replace a starter with a player capable of holding their own when called upon. Duke has a week long rest until it travels to East Rutherford to face the Temple Owls next Saturday. That is their only game until December 19 when they play Cornell after the exam break. The rest should freshen up some tired and injured legs, and get them ready for early January when ACC play begins. Follow us on Twitter @DukeBlogMKline and visit our Facebook page-Duke Sports Blog. Got questions? E-mail us at dukesportsblogmkline@gmail.com   This article was originally published at http://DukeSportsBlog.com. If you are interested in sharing your website's content with SCACCHoops.com, Contact Us.  
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Cowboys could still pursue Adrian Peterson

Manny Pacquiao: I'm ready to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr.

John Calipari gets daughter's birthday wrong

Carson: Hall of Fame career not worth concussion problems

Tiger hires new swing coach

Is Sting making his WWE debut at Survivor Series?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Eric Decker: It's tough watching Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos

Semaje Perine breaks Melvin Gordon's rushing record

Report: Chip Kelly, Eagles GM not seeing eye-to-eye

Pete Carroll open to playing Richard Sherman at WR

Jay Gruden: RG3 has been 'coddled for so long'

Red Sox have best offer on table for Pablo Sandoval?

WATCH: Young reporter asks Helfrich funny question

Sager makes first appearance since leukemia diagnosis

Harvard kicker wears glasses

WATCH: Tennessee fans go a little overboard celebrating TD

Dwight Howard out indefinitely after having PRP on knee

Report: Mike Gundy pursuing Florida job

WATCH: Jameis Winston gets away with shoving an official

WATCH: Georgia's Chris Conley makes diving TD catch

WATCH: Nebraska blocks field goal, returns it for TD

Florida DL shows support for Will Muschamp with eye black

WATCH: Javale McGee kisses elderly fan sitting courtside

WATCH: Tim Tebow busts out a brief Steve Spurrier impression

Blue Devils News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Cowboys to pursue Adrian Peterson?

Cal gets daughter's bday wrong

Carson: Career not worth concussions

Report: Gundy pursuing Florida job

Tiger hires new swing coach

WATCH: Jameis Winston shoves ref

Florida DL supports Will Muschamp with eye black

Jay Gruden: RG3 has been 'coddled'

LeBron: Love needs to 'demand' the ball

Bills-Jets game will be free admission

Pete Carroll: Lynch is 'our guy'

Which NFL team will get the #1 pick?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.