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Wednesday / November 14.
  • R.J. Barrett drops 34 in Duke’s win in Canada, Zion Williamson puts up 29

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    R.J. Barrett made the most of his first night home in Canada.

    The 6-foot-7 freshman scored 34 points in his first exhibition game for Duke, helping the Blue Devils rout Ryerson 86-67 on Wednesday night.

    Fellow freshman Zion Williamson added 29 points and 13 rebounds for Duke. The two freshmen combined to make 25 of 53 shots from the floor, while the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson drained three of four from behind the arc. Junior Javin DeLaurier added eight points and 11 boards with junior Jack White chipping in nine on three made three-pointers.

    A capacity crowd of 5,490 witnessed the homecoming of Mississauga native Barrett, who grew up just miles from Paramount Fine Foods Centre and has starred on the international stage for Team Canada. Barrett scored 34 points in 35 minutes while adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. Williamson complemented his double-double with a team-best four assists.

    NCAA rules permit teams to take an international trip once every four years. The Blue Devils will play the University of Toronto on Friday, then head to Montreal to face McGill on Sunday.

    (The AP contributed)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.