No. 2 Duke rolls past Central Arkansas 105-54 for 3-0 start

No. 2 Duke rolls past Central Arkansas 105-54 for 3-0 start
Duke guard Alex O'Connell (15) dunks while Central Arkansas guard Rylan Bergersen (1) looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Source: Gerry Broome)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Freshman Matthew Hurt scored a season-high 19 points to help second-ranked Duke beat Central Arkansas 105-54 on Tuesday night.

Fellow freshman Vernon Carey Jr. added season highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who played much of the night without starting point guard Tre Jones after he was shaken up during a first-half collision.

Duke (3-0) had no trouble, running off 19 straight points to build a 25-5 lead by midway through the opening half. That margin reached 57-20 by halftime, with Duke shooting nearly 57% and scoring 26 points off turnovers.

Jones - the returning floor leader for a team that has turned over its rotation with another recruiting wave - played just 9 minutes. He left after colliding with Central Arkansas' Aaron Weidenaar as the two chased a loose rebound with 7:57 left before halftime.

Jones laid on the court holding his head then rolled over onto his stomach while being attended by team medical staff, though he was able to eventually walk slowly to the bench. He appeared to be fine, talking with coaches and teammates as he remained on the bench wearing a warmup shirt over his jersey after halftime.

Rylan Bergersen scored 13 points for the Bears (1-3), who were overwhelmed from the start with long stretches between baskets and a series of throwaways and deflected-pass turnovers.

Central Arkansas shot just 5 of 23 (21.7 with 15 turnovers that led to 15 points for the Blue Devils by halftime.

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