77-63 win over Virginia Tech

8 points, 1 block

NCAA Basketball: Duke at Virginia Tech

Dec 6, 2019; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Matthew Hurt (21) has his shot attempt blocked by Virginia Tech Hokies forward P.J. Horne (14) in the first half at Cassell Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech Head Coach Mike Young quote:

On Duke’s lineup in the second half, making it harder for Tech to score in the paint: “We just have to move better. Vernon, as terrific as he is, as dominant as he is, has a very hard time, as most do, chasing a kid that can space the floor like P.J. Horne. That effectively eliminated [Matthew] Hurt, and effectively eliminated [Javin] DeLaurier. He found a lineup that was best for him. That was 41 and three guards and that got us. We’ll figure it out.”

Matthew Hurt - Freshman Year at Duke

Matthew Hurt game stats for Duke basketball in his freshman year.

Full Duke schedule: https://goduke.com/sports/mens-basketball/schedule/2019-20

Northwest Mo. St. (Exhib.) - W 69-63 29 8-16 0-3 1-3 3-1 0 2 1 0 1 17
Fort Valley St. (Exhib.) - W 126-57 18 9-13 1-3 0-0 1-2 2 0 1 1 2 19
Kansas - W 68-66 24 4-12 3-7 0-0 1-1 3 0 2 0 0 11
Colorado St. - W 89-55 22 4-8 1-4 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 1 0 9
Central Arkansas - W 105-54 22 7-11 3-3 2-2 1-3 1 3 1 2 0 19
Georgia St. - W 74-63 22 2-7 0-3 0-0 6-0 1 0 1 0 1 4
California - W 87-52 21 3-6 1-3 2-2 1-1 1 0 2 0 1 9
Georgetown - W 81-7 5 0-4 0-1 0-0 2-0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Stephan F. Austin - L 85-83 22 5-10 1-3 4-4 1-1 2 0 2 1 1 15
Winthrop - W 83-70 33 7-13 2-4 4-6 3-5 3 2 2 0 0 20
Michigan St. - W 87-75 27 4-8 2-3 0-0 0-2 4 2 2 3 0 10
Virginia Tech - W 77-63 16 3-6 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 8
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87-75 win over Michigan State

10 points, 3 blocks, 2 rebounds, 2 assists

No quotes.


  • Freshman Matthew Hurt scored 10 points and his three blocks were a career high.

83-70 win over Winthrop

20 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists

NCAA Basketball: Winthrop at Duke

Nov 29, 2019; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Matthew Hurt (21) shoots over Winthrop Eagles forward Josh Ferguson (25) during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski quote:

Opening Statement: “I’ll tell you what, we’re playing some good teams. Pat’s (Kelsey) team is really good, he’s such a good coach and his kids play hard – very difficult to defend. It was a big win for us, especially coming after Tuesday and we played hard and well tonight, not all the time but much different from Tuesday. If we had played like this Tuesday, we would have won and we had to play this way to win tonight. With their two ball handlers, (Russell) Jones and (Chandler) Vaudrin, they put you in some very difficult situations. For Cassius (Stanley), we thought it was his knee right away, heard something pop and structural. Based on what our doctor said right now, it’s not the knee. Something happened with his hamstring so it’s muscular. He will have a MRI tomorrow. We don’t think it’s a knee injury which is very good, although I think he will be out for a while, hopefully after Christmas. That’s my hope. That was adversity and playing against an unconventional group with five three-point shooters -- Vernon Carey had to guard a perimeter shooter. Overall, our defense on the three was excellent. They took 21 and made six and then our three-point shooting was outstanding. We had a few kids really step up. I thought Matt Hurt carried us for a long time and Joey Baker was sensational, not just with shooting 4-for-5 from three, but he really played hard defensively and played well. We wouldn’t have won the game without Joey. Jordan Goldwire with Tre (Jones), that’s how we started the season and they were able to put pressure on both their ball handlers: one had Vaudrin and one had Jones. [Jordan Goldwire] had five steals for us. Those kids really stepped up for us. We are a developing team. We’re not the Duke of the last five, maybe 10 years. It’s a different group. It’s old-fashioned and it’s also oldfashioned developing, but our response from the loss – I know those kids felt horribly, felt guilty and you can lose a lot of confidence when you don’t already have confidence. You haven’t played enough to have confidence so for them to play that way tonight, I was very proud of how they responded.”

Matthew Hurt quote:

On how he has been able to score the last couple games: “I think they had a lot of attention on Vernon (Carey); he’s played great so far this year. I just wanted to have my teammates’ backs. Some players won’t have a good night as soon as they want to but having your teammates’ backs is always helpful.”


  • Freshman Matthew Hurt had career highs in both points (20) and rebounds (eight). His previous highs were 19 points versus Central Arkansas (11/12/19) and five rebounds versus Georgia State (11/15/19).
  • Hurt is the fourth different Blue Devil with a 20-point game this season, joining Carey (4), Tre Jones (1) and Cassius Stanley (1) – only five different Blue Devils recorded a 20-point game all last season

85-83 loss to Stephen F. Austin

15 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal

NCAA Basketball: Stephen F. Austin at Duke

Nov 26, 2019; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Matthew Hurt (21) blocks the shot of Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks guard Cameron Johnson (3) during overtime at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Lumberjacks defeated Duke 85-83 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

No quotes.

81-73 win over Georgetown

0 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist

No quotes.

87-52 win over California

9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

NCAA Basketball: California at Duke

Nov 21, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett, black jacket, helps guard Tre Jones (3) in front of guard Tre Jones (3) and forward Matthew Hurt (21) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

No quotes.

74-63 win over Georgia State

4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist

NCAA Basketball: Georgia State at Duke

Nov 15, 2019; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Matthew Hurt (21) pulls down a rebound during the second half against the Georgia State Panthers at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Duke Senior Jack White quote:

“They beat us to loose balls, they were going strong to the ball for rebounds, and they came up with those balls. It just seemed like they had a bit more tenacity than us in the first half. Obviously, we reflected on that coming into halftime and knew we had to really turn it around and start with that first four-minute segment of the second half, just kind of letting them know how it was going to be for this next 20 minutes. I feel like we did a good job of that, just with our intensity and our defense especially. I think we only gave up high 20’s [points] in the second half maybe, apart from those buckets at the end. We definitely put an emphasis on that, and I think we did a lot better job of just rebounding in the second half in general. Matt [Hurt] had six offensive rebounds just on his own. Just big plays, and I think guys just stepped up and responded to Coach [Mike Krzyzewski] challenging us at halftime."

105-54 win over Central Arkansas

19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks

NCAA Basketball: Central Arkansas at Duke

Nov 12, 2019; Durham, NC, USA; Central Arkansas Bears center Hayden Koval (15) shoots over Duke Blue Devils forward Matthew Hurt (21) during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski quotes:

Opening Statement: “Really pleased with our team. We didn’t overlook anybody. We came out hard, played hard the whole game. We should have won and did. We played hard and well. That makes it even better. Tre [Jones] when he had that collision – he got hit. They butt heads and he got hit on the temple. He was pretty good at halftime, but we decided to obviously not play him. He looks pretty good now. I don’t think there will be a problem. He’s laughing and joking. I asked him if he knew my name and he said ‘Michael’, which was kind of bold on his part. Maybe he’ll get even more assertive as a result of that. Good stuff. I thought Wendell [Moore Jr.] he’s getting better. He’s driving better. Matt [Hurt] – good minutes. Vernon [Carey Jr.] – double-double. Pretty balanced. [Jordan] Goldwire did a really good job. Even before Tre got hurt. We’re pretty athletic on the perimeter. Overall, good job. Quick turnaround… Georgia State and got to keep it going. Our kids keep working hard.”

On starting lineup: “Questions about starting lineup with this team are not the same as if you asked them last year or the year before or the year before. We’re just looking at different combinations. I thought having a veteran in with Vernon could get him off better. Then Matt came in and he played really well. We’re looking at a lot of different things. The things that stay consistent are defense. Whenever they come in the game it really doesn’t matter. They’re playing the same defense. Offensively they’re playing on the group they’re in… mightchange a little bit of what they’re doing. If they just play hard defensively… we’ll be in good shape. We’ll have a good chance.”

Matthew Hurt quotes:

“Coach [Mike Krzyzewski] has really emphasized defense, and our defense leads to our offense. We started the game off really well, and I think everybody did a good job tonight.”

On how he approached the game tonight, coming off the bench instead of being in a starting role: “Just to keep doing what I’m doing – keep fighting, playing harder, be better on defense. I think everybody did a great job tonight, and for me, [I wanted to] just try to compete on every play.”

When asked what it was like to see so many players contribute for Duke tonight: “It was great. Everybody’s really close on this team and seeing everybody succeed on this team is really a good feeling for me and probably for everybody else.”

89-55 win over Colorado State

9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block

NCAA Basketball: Colorado State at Duke

Nov 8, 2019; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Matthew Hurt (21) shoots over Colorado State Rams forward Dischon Thomas (11) during the second half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

No quotes.

68-66 win over #3 Kansas

11 points, 2 rebounds

Matthew Hurt quotes:

On the win: “They were a veteran team. Playing hard and playing Duke basketball really helped us. Coach wants us to keep fighting and there was a spurt where we didn’t play well but he told us we have to play better, and we did that.”

On forcing Kansas to commit turnovers: “Coach emphasized defense the whole year and how good our two guards are pressuring the ball. Our game plan was to pressure and double team and not make it easy for them, so I think we did a good job, and everyone played their role.”

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