Observations from Duke's 76-54 thrashing of the Phoenix:
***In the immediate rush of things to do after the game (go the the locker room, listen to the coaches, try to read my notes, write, etc.), I failed to mention in the game story that the win over Elon marked Duke's 100th consecutive nonconference win in Cameron. The last such loss at Cameron? February 26, 2000, 83-82 to St. John's. that was nearly 13 years ago.
***In case it isn’t obvious, Mike Krzyzewski was in a reflective mood after the Elon win. Here’s another one of his reflections: “Overall, it’s a good game for us, we were fighting human nature, and you’re fighting the other team, and we won in both cases. The season is not going to be a perfect one, and I’m proud that we kept playing defense.”
***After the win over Cornell Krzyzewski has referred to Tyler Thornton as “workman-like,” and the moniker is a fitting one for the Duke junior that does a little bit of everything. Thursday, he hit back-to-back 3-pointers that pushed Duke’s lead back to double digits at 49-35 with 11:43 remaining. Thorton’s two treys started a run of seven consecutive made 3-pointers for the Blue Devils, who shot 57.9 percent (11-for-19) from deep for the game.
“You have to just muck things out for a while, and all of the sudden we got that spurt,” Krzyzewski said. “We were missing some wide-open shots, but then Tyler hit those two, and we just exploded.”
***One night after playing just two minutes in his Duke debut, Marshall Plumlee wasn’t dressed for the Elon game. Plumlee, who missed the first nine games of the year with a stress fracture in his left foot, didn’t play more against Cornell due to discomfort with that foot. Krzyzewski said he was held out against Elon as a precaution and expected him back at practice on the 26th. After the game, Marshall also said there wasn’t any significant setback with his health.