BOSTON (AP) - Boston College coach Steve Donahue thinks he might have overloaded his team too much. Now, he has to find a way to get it straightened out before the season is over.
“We have the No. 1 hardest schedule in the country and I don’t think it’s even close, and it may have been a little bit too much to bite off for this group,” Donahue said. “That being said, the next three weeks is critical. We’ve got to play and play well. We’ve got to have fight and can’t have those moments we had tonight. The next three weeks we’ve got to play and got to have some success, and I feel confident this group will.”
The Blue Devils put it away with an 18-0 run midway through the second half, improving to 18-2 against unranked teams this season.
Duke broke it open with Parker in transition and sharp outside shooting. The Blue Devils shot 69.2 percent in the second half (18 of 26), going 5 of 9 from 3-point range.
“We really didn’t come out with the same energy in the second half,” Anderson said. “They shot 69 percent and that’s not going to get us very many wins.”
Following a solid first half, Parker scored 12 of Duke’s initial 17 points after halftime as the Blue Devils opened a 56-44 lead on his three-point play with just under 14 minutes to go.
He had a baseline jam on the first possession and followed that with a three-point play when he was fouled on a fast-break layup, pushing Duke’s lead to 44-35. He added a fast-break dunk, two free throws and another three-point play.
When it wasn’t Parker for the Blue Devils, on pace to finish with the third-best 3-point shooting mark in school history, it was Cook, Rodney Hood or Sulaimon nailing 3s. Cook’s made it 64-44 with just under 11 minutes left.
“You run up against a group like this that’s on, it’s hard,” Donahue said. “You’ve got to figure out the next nine games. We’ve got to play great Boston College basketball.”
Parker had a two-handed slam with 5:10 to play and was whistled for a technical for hanging on the rim too long, bringing a smattering of boos from the crowd.
The Blue Devils led 39-35 at halftime.