No. 1 seed Duke beats Robert Morris 85-56 in NCAA opener

Mar 20, 2015 8:32 PM by Ross Field

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Quinn Cook scored 22 points to help No. 1 seed Duke get off to a torrid start and beat Robert Morris 85-56 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64.

Freshman Jahlil Okafor added 21 as the Blue Devils (30-4) wasted little time getting their offense revving, hitting their first seven shots and 12 of 15 to quickly build a big lead.

That's not to say everything went smoothly for Duke, a team with half of its eight scholarship players making its tournament debut. Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski furiously burned a timeout after Okafor blew a reverse dunk, while Robert Morris - the No. 16 seed that had to win a First Four game to get here - showed plenty of fight and kept hanging around for the first part of the second half before the Blue Devils finally put the game out of reach.

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