Blue Devils Blast EA Sports 105-74

The Blue Devils opened the 2003-2004 exhibition season with a convincing 105-74 victory over the EA Sports All Stars on Wednesday night. Daniel Ewing came off the bench to score a game high 23 as Duke pulled away in the second half.

After battling the Devils for the first half, the All Stars eventually wilted under the intense pressure and tired as coach Mike Krzyzewski showed off a nine player rotation that yielded six players in double figures.

Aside from Ewing, who connected on nine of his 14 shot attempts, senior Chris Duhon was able to record a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. Meanwhile sophomore sharpshooter J.J. Redick connected on four of six three pointers en route to a 16 point night.

With the game tied at nine midway through the first half, Duke quickly went on a 16-6 spurt keyed by prized freshman Luol Deng who finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in 24 minutes of action. The Blue Devils began to pour it on before an 8-0 run by EA cut the lead to just nine at 48-39 going into halftime.

However the waves of fresh troops were too much as Duke used an early run to put the game away in the second half, taking a 30 point lead at the 11:25 mark when sophomore Shelden Williams converted a 12 foot jumper from the left baseline to make 80-50.

Despite the big victory, Krzyzewski remains unimpressed with his team's early performance.

"I'm not real pleased with how we played tonight," said Krzyzewski. "We were too loose with the ball and we had 24 turnovers. Effort-wise, we played hard, there's no question about it. When we were on a break, especially in the second half, we really did some special things. We need to communicate better as a team out on the court. We showed our age."

Williams, and fellow sophomore Shavlik Randolph, tallied 12 points apiece with Randolph pulling in eight boards to Williams' six as both players logged 18 minutes of action.

Rounding out last year's freshman class were Lee Melchionni who added nine points; Sean Dockery who logged six points, four assists, and five steals; and Michael Thompson who subbed in to log four points and seven rebounds in 14 minute.

The Blue Devils, who open the season against Detroit on November 22, will play Nike Elite in their second and final exhibition game on November 12 at 7:00 p.m.

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