WSSU's WyKevin Bazemore scored 11 points and pulled down a game high 17 rebounds, but it was not enough as the Duke Blue Devils rolled the Winston-Salem State Rams, 69-45 in an exhibition game at Cameron indoor Stadium.
Played in front of 9314 rowdy Cameron Crazies and WSSU fans, Winston-Salem State fell behind early inthe first half and had to battle to keep the game within reach.
The Duke Blue Devils took a 36-13 lead into the locker room at halftime.
But he WSSU Rams regrouped and battled Duke to an almost even second half, as WyKevin Bazemoe's rebounding and put backs, along with some very good defense, allowed the Rams to make it game.
Eight different Rams scored in the second half to make it respectable, and Bazemore added 12 secondhalf rebounds to catch the eye of Duke Hall of Fame coach, Mike Krzyzewski.
Justtin Glover finihsed with nine points, eight rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot, while Stephone Platt added six points and two rebounds. Joseph Thompson added five points, two steals and a rebound, and Marcus Wells added four points three assiststwo steal and a rebound.
Duke was led by Mason Plumlee's 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Amile Jefferson chipped in 13 points and five rebounds. Rashees Sulaimon added 12 points and three rebounds for the #8 ranked Blue Devils.
"Winston-Salem State did a really good job of running their offense, and you have to defend it for a longer period of time", says Duke Head Coach, Mike Krzyzewski. "The last two games we have given up too many offensive rebounds but one thing, what an incredible performance by [Wykevin] Bazemore. He was the rookie of the year last year, a third of their offensive rebounds as a freshman and today he was spectacular. He has got to be only 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 but he was all over the place. That is one of the reasons that we didn't rebound as well is that kid was really hungry."
"We know what we have to work on against teams that are stronger, faster and bigger", says WSSU coach, Bobby Collins. "We have to do a better job of being disciplined offensively. I don't think we stayed with our offensive sets long enough. Defensively, I thought we scrapped and we gave up some easy baskets. If we played defense for 35 seconds, they found the open man. They were able to execute. They made some plays when they needed to."
"We watch Duke on TV all the time. We pretty much see their size. We knew we would have to fight and work. We knew we would just have to fight and outwork them", added WyKevin Bazemore.