Blue Rolls Over White 69-43

The 2004-2005 season kicked off Saturday with the annual Blue-White scrimmage in front of a sold out Cameron Indoor Stadium. In what seemed to be an evenly matched contest on paper, the Blue team delivered the largest margin of victory in the annual scrimmage's history behind a big night from junior big man Shelden Williams.

After being sent to the bench in the final minutes of the 2004 Final Four, Shelden Williams spent most of the off season working on his overall game including his scoring ability. If Saturday's performance is any indication, the junior big man is poised for a great season after he scored a game high 24 points along with nine rebounds, and two blocks in 29 minutes of action as the Blue team was never really threatened.

Sharpshooter J.J. Redick sparked an early flurry with a pair of three pointers to open the game as the Blue team jumped out to 13-2 lead and never looked back. Redick finished with 17 points and six assists on the night, but it was his backcourt mate, Sean Dockery, who had the crowd buzzing.

The 6-foot-2 Chicago native converted 7-of-8 shots including a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the arc to finish the game with 16 points and eight assists against no turnovers while playing the entire 30 minutes.

After falling behind early, the White team was never able to find a rhythm offensively, closing the gap no closer than 11 throughout the game. Still the home team produced some solid moments as senior Daniel Ewing ran the team without error, finishing with a team high 17 points and four assists, while junior Shavlik Randolph added 15 points.

The Duke freshman class of DeMarcus Nelson and David McClure added six points a piece in their first public performances in a Duke uniform. McClure also added six rebounds and three blocks, while Nelson chipped in with a pair of rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes of action.

After leading 34-22 at the break, Blue exploded midway through the second period keyed by a Reggie Love lay-up that would start a 10-0 run to transform a 12 point game into a 56-34 lead at the 7:56 mark. Soon after the lead would balloon to 69-38 with just over a minute remaining.

Love finished with six points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes of action.

The Blue Devils open the 2004-2005 preseason schedule with an exhibition against St. Francis/Xavier of Canada on November 5th in Cameron.

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