Devils Thump Nike Ellite, 105-69

Sophomore sharpshooter J.J. Redick scored 23 points, including six three pointers, while prized freshman Luol Deng added 17 points and seven rebounds as Duke finished off the preseason schedule with a 105-69 victory over Nike Elite Wednesday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Despite the second sluggish start in as many games, Duke's depth proved to once again be their opponents' undoing as head coach Mike Krzyzewski's eight man rotation yielded five players with 15 or more points.

Aside from Redick and Deng, sophomore Shelden Williams made a case to solidify his starting position behind an aggressive performance in the paint that included 17 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks. Fellow big man Shavlik Randolph came off the bench in the sixth man role to add 18 points and four rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

Junior Daniel Ewing was the fifth player to reach double figures, scoring 15 points and handing out four assists.

Duke, which never trailed in the game, opened with a 12-2 run keyed by Deng who scored the game's first eight points including two three pointers. Nike was able to cut the lead to six, at 20-14, at the 12:37 mark but would get no closer. The Blue Devils led 48-34 at the half.

A 15-6 spurt extended the advantage to 63-42 at the 15:18 mark of the second half. Nike would get no closer as the Devils extended the lead to as many as 40, at 105-65 with just over two minutes remaining in the game on a Patrick Johnson tip in.

For the game Duke knocked down 41 of 71 shot attempts including a scorching 22 of 35 effort in the second half (63.9 percent). The Blue Devils also converted 10 of their 20 attempts from three point territory and 13 of 19 at the free throw line while out-rebounding Nike 43-27 overall.

Senior captain Chris Duhon added six point, four rebounds, and eight assists for the Blue Devils, while Sean Dockery chipped in with four points and two assists.

The regular season kicks off next Saturday, November 22, at 6:00 PM against Detroit.

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