CHARLOTTE – Duke, the country’s top-ranked men’s basketball team, scored the first 12 points of the second half and cruised to a 67-50 victory against Davidson College at Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday. The game drew a crowd of 13,607.

Davidson (7-6) played effectively in the first half, which ended in a 29-29 tie. Neither team shot well, and Davidson’s hustling defense forced nine first-half turnovers.

But Duke (13-0) took control early in the second half with a 12-0 run, and didn’t allow Davidson to score in the first six minutes of the half. The Blue Devils went ahead 41-29 on Ryan Kelly’s 3-pointer from the top of the key.

Jake Cohen led Davidson with 19 points and eight rebounds, despite battling early foul trouble. De’Mon Brooks grabbed 12 rebounds and scored eight points as Davidson lost for the 24th straight time against Duke.

Kelly, a senior forward, led Duke with 18 points and guard Quinn Cook scored 15.

- Cliff Mehrtens