Freshmen DJ Steward and Mark Williams scored 17 and 13 points, respectively, as 10th-seeded Duke beat Boston College, 86-51, in the opening round of the ACC Tournament.
Steward, Williams and fellow freshman Jeremy Roach combined for 27 of Duke’s 41 first-half points. Steward scored 13 points with three of Duke’s eight three-pointers and Williams was 5-of-6 from the field for 11 points.
Senior Jordan Goldwire closed the first half with a three, and he went on to hit from distance on back-to-back possessions to cap an 11-2 run that gave Duke a 22-point lead with 12:31 remaining.
The Blue Devils (12-11) made six of their first 10 three-point attempts and finished with a season-high 15, while 15th-seed Boston College shot 1-of-15 from beyond the arc. Duke had 17 two-point baskets en route to posting its second largest margin of victory in an ACC tourney game.
Goldwire recorded 12 points on a career-high four three-pointers for Duke, which snapped a three-game skid. The Blue Devils advance to play No. 7 Louisville on Wednesday, looking to stop a three-game losing streak in the series. The Cardinals won 70-65 on Jan. 23, and 80-73 in overtime on Feb. 27 to spoil sophomore Matthew Hurt’s 37-point performance.
Boston College (4-16) did not have a player score in double figures after shooting 39 percent from the field. Makai Ashton-Langford had nine points while DeMarr Langford and James Karnik each added eight.