Wake Forest's Devin Thomas (2) tries to shoot between Duke's Jahlil Okafor (15) and Amile Jefferson (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Wake Forest's Devin Thomas (2) tries to shoot between Duke's Jahlil Okafor (15) and Amile Jefferson (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Duke holds off Wake Forest

By Joedy Mccreary

Associated Press

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WINSTON-SALEM – Freshman forward Justise Winslow scored a season-high 20 points and No. 2 Duke held on to beat Wake Forest, 73-65, on Wednesday night.

Jahlil Okafor added 12 points and 11 rebounds in his first Atlantic Coast Conference road game, and Quinn Cook had nine of his 12 points in the final five minutes for the Blue Devils (14-0, 2-0).

They shot 44 percent and pulled away by scoring on eight straight possessions down the stretch to keep pace with No. 1 Kentucky and No. 3 Virginia as the last unbeaten teams in Division I.

This was Duke’s closest game all year.

The Blue Devils had won each of their first 13 games by double figures.

Devin Thomas scored 24 points and Codi Miller-McIntyre added 13 for the Demon Deacons (8-8, 0-3).

They shot nearly 56 percent in the second half and gave a top-five opponent fits for the second straight game before fading.

Miller-McIntyre made a free throw to put Wake Forest up, 57-55, with 5:47 remaining in the game, but Cook jump-started Duke’s comeback with a three-point play, and the Blue Devils never trailed again.

Wake Forest made only three field goals during the game’s final six-plus minutes, falling short to another Top 25 team at home.

No. 5 Louisville edged Wake Forest by nine points Sunday.

night.