Tuesday night No. 7 Duke played its first game without senior forward Amile Jefferson, who to this point has been their most consistent front court option and best rebounder. Into his role at the four slid freshman Brandon Ingram, a slender five-star recruit who in recent games has grown more comfortable in his role on Mike Krzyzewski’s team.
He put together his best game of the season in the 99-65 win over Georgia Southern, scoring 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. And he also did the following, going baseline and dunking on a rotating defender with two hands.
This was originally called a charge by the official on the baseline, but was changed to a block as the secondary defender’s feet were ruled (correctly) to be inside of the restricted area. Ingram and his teammates will have a much tougher test this weekend as they take on Utah at Madison Square Garden, but this was a good showing given the fact that they were playing their first game without Jefferson.