DURHAM, N.C. – Fans of the Duke men’s basketball program took their first look at the 2017-18 squad during the Blue Devils’ ninth annual Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines event Friday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Blue Devils took the court for a 20-minute Blue/White scrimmage with the Blue Team coming away with a 43-41 victory thanks to a game-winning three pointer by freshman Alex O’Connell with 22 seconds left in the contest. Senior Grayson Allenand freshman Gary Trent, Jr., tied for the scoring lead, finishing with 13 points each. Freshmen Marvin Bagley III (12) and Wendell Carter, Jr., (11) both reached double figures.

Sophomore Javin DeLaurier led the way with nine rebounds and two blocks.

Eight Duke freshmen made their debuts in a full Cameron with Bagley III, Mike Buckmire, Carter, Jr., Trevon Duval, Jordan Goldwire, O’Connell, Trent, Jr. and Jordan Tucker.

Through the first 10 minutes of action, neither squad led by more than five points. The White Team trailed 17-13 with 11:21 to go before responding and taking a 30-23 lead with 6:34 to play.

The Blue Team rallied behind Trent, Jr.’s consecutive three pointers to take a 31-30 advantage at the 5:27 mark.

Read more…