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Video: Zion Williamson Drops 25 Points in March Madness Debut as Duke Beats NDSU

Megan ArmstrongContributor IIIMarch 23, 2019

The No. 1 Duke Blue Devils took a beat to get going in their first-round game against the No. 16 North Dakota State Bison on Friday, but once they did, they were rolling. 

The Blue Devils started off the 2019 NCAA men's tournament with an 85-62 win Friday at Colonial Life Arena in South Carolina.

Freshman forward Zion Williamson scored 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting in his tournament debut. The 6'7", 285-pound phenomenon wasted no time making his first impression, emphatically blocking a shot less than a minute into the action.

While dunking has already become a trademark for Williamson, a sequence at the start of the second half, including a steal, a behind-the-back dribble and a lay-in, displayed how dangerous he is athletically.

Duke will face the winner of Friday night's matchup between the No. 8 VCU Rams and No. 9 UCF Knights in the second round of the East Region on Sunday.          

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