No. 9 Duke’s deep roster of scorers ensnared another victim on Tuesday night.
A 6-5 sophomore guard, Proctor hit 7 of 11 shots, hitting two of three 3-pointers, for Duke (4-1). He also grabbed seven rebounds while collecting four assists. Duke’s Kyle Filipowski, who has a pair of 25-point games this season, scored 17 points against La Salle (4-1) while tying Proctor for the team lead with four assists.
The Explorers shot 41.4% and made just 6 of 24 3-pointers (25%).
Retired Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski watched the game courtside as his longtime friend, Fran Dunphy, coached La Salle. Krzyzewski and Dunphy were teammates on All-Army basketball teams in the early 1970s before embarking on their coaching careers.
Having coached at Penn, Temple and La Salle, Dunphy has 599 career wins. Krzyzewski, of course, finished his Hall of Fame career with an NCAA record 1,202 wins.
Here are three takeaways from Tuesday night’s game:
Filipowski starts sluggish, heats up
After leaving Duke’s 90-60 win over Bucknell last Friday with a sprained ankle, Duke’s Kyle Filipowski recovered well and started once again Tuesday night. His first half was choppy, though, as he scored three points, picked up two fouls and played only 10 minutes. He missed a layup and looked uncomfortable running back up the court.
But halftime fixed whatever ailed Filipowski. He scored 10 of Duke’s first 12 points after intermission as the Blue Devils opened a 51-31 lead.
Duke’s leading scorer at 18.8 points per game this season, Filipowski scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half.
Proctor was just the latest Duke guard to have a breakout night this season.
On Friday night against Bucknell, freshman guard Jared McCain scored 17 points. When Duke beat Michigan State, 74-65, on Nov. 14 in Chicago, freshman guard Caleb Foster led the way with 18 points. Senior guard Jeremy Roach has also turned in a 17-point performance this season.
Sean Stewart brings the energy
Freshman Sean Stewart continued to show a high level of production in few minutes Duke head coach Jon Scheyer has carved out of for the 6-9 forward. In six first-half minutes, Stewart scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked one shot. Those plays were critical to Duke taking a 39-29 lead to intermission.
Stewart finished with a career-best 16 points and 10 rebounds. It’s the third time Stewart has scored six or more points in a game this season even though he’s only averaging eight minutes of play per game. He played 17 minutes against La Salle and that number could stay that high if he keeps playing like this.