No. 2 Duke handed Notre Dame its fifth straight loss with an 83-61 win Monday at Purcell Pavilion.
Zion Williamson had 26 points on 10-of-12 from the field with nine rebounds to lead the Blue Devils, which went up 17-2 and never let the score get to single digits the rest of the game.
RJ Barrett added 17 points and nine boards in a dominant effort on the road for Duke, which held its opponent to 34.8 percent shooting in the game. It was enough to improve to 18-2 on the season, including 7-1 in the ACC.
The Fighting Irish got 14 points and 11 rebounds from John Mooney, but they are reeling with a 1-7 conference record and 11-10 overall. After a blowout loss to No. 3 Virginia on Saturday, they have lost their last two games by a combined 49 points.
Zion’s Expanded Skill Set More Impressive Than His Dunks
It was the dunks that got Williamson onto the national stage. It’s the rest of his game that will make him the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
The freshman has been on a tear lately with his 26-point effort representing the fifth straight game he reached at least 20 points.
Of course, the way he put up his numbers was just as notable as he prepares for the next level. He made several jump shots in the game, including a three-pointer from the top of the key.
While his outside shooting has been a major question mark, it’s not as bad as some might think: