Duke beats San Diego State 68-49 to reach NCAA Sweet 16

Mar 22, 2015 4:34 PM by Ross Field

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Jahlil Okafor scored 18 of his 26 points in a dominating first half and Duke beat San Diego State 68-49 on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament, sending the top-seeded Blue Devils back to the Sweet 16.

Fellow freshman Justise Winslow added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Duke (31-4), which for the second straight tournament game ran out to a quick lead and stayed in control the rest of the way.

Duke - holding a No. 1 seed for the 11th time in 18 seasons but its first since 2011 - advanced to face fifth-seeded Utah in Houston's South Region semifinals.

Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils are pushing for their 12th Final Four and completed their two-game stay in their home state with a pair of hot-shooting wins.

Duke shot 55 percent against the eighth-seeded Aztecs (27-9), two days after shooting 63 percent against Robert Morris.

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