The senior trio of guard Julius Brown (19 pts.), guard Justin Drummond (14 pts.) and forward J.D. Weatherspoon (14 pts., team-high eight rebounds) paced Toledo’s offense. Sophomore guard Jonathan Williams was also in double figures with 10 points. Junior center Nathan Boothe tallied nine points but played just 21 minutes due to foul trouble.
Okafor topped Duke offensively with a season-high 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting, while senior guard Quinn Cook posting a season-best 20 points.
After falling behind by 14 points early in the contest, Toledo connected on 13-of-15 shots over a nine-and-a-half minute span to cut the Blue Devils’ lead to 47-44 approximately 90 seconds into the second half.
Okafo, however, ignited a decisive 21-9 run by scoring seven straight points that put Duke up 68-53 with just over nine minutes remaining.
Toledo returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 3 with a trip to Highland Heights, KY for its final non-conference contest at Northern Kentucky (6-7). Tip-off time is set for 4:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of Toledo Athletics)