Jahlil Okafor's dunk-fail briefly gives life to Robert Morris but Duke wins

Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor went for a reverse dunk early in the second half on Friday in the Blue Devils' first-round NCAA tournament game and missed it badly to the chagrin of coach Mike Krzyzewski, who took his young star out of the game.

A brief Robert Morris rally ensued. The Blue Devils held a 19-point lead when Okafor tried to get fancy. Robert Morris cut the lead to eight three minutes later.

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But that was about as exciting as it got. The Blue Devils regrouped and went on to win easily 85-56, not about to go out in the first round two years in row. Duke lost last year as a No. 3 seed to 14th-seeded Mercer in the first round.

Okafor's missed dunk was a slight bruise on an otherwise solid performance. He finished with 21 points and three rebounds and teammate Marshall Plumlee, who replaced him in the lineup, produced a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Quinn Cook hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 to lead the Blue Devils who play again Sunday against San Diego State. Don't expect any Okafor reverse dunk attempts in that one.


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