Devils Roll Over X-Men, 107-56

Ninety seconds after tip off St. Francis Xavier was already done. Duke ran out to a 9-0 lead to open the game and never looked back, en route to crushing the X-Men 107-56 to open the 2004-2005 exhibition season in grand style.

Junior big man Shelden Williams logged a career high 32 points to go along with 12 rebounds to lead the Duke charge. Fellow frontcourt mate, Shavlik Randolph was equally effective, scoring 22 points and grabbing five rebounds as St. Francis had no answer for the pair of talented big men.

Combined Randolph and Williams ended the night shooting a sizzling 23-of-26 from the field for 54 points along with 17 rebounds, and six blocked shots, giving head coach Mike Krzyzewski something to build on as the young season continues.

"You have to be careful that they don't just go against Pat [Davidson] and Reggie [Love], although Pat and Reggie are doing OK. So in drill work, or sometimes when we scrimmage, we split those guys so that they get a chance to playing against one another. I was really pleased with Shelden's composure, because there was a lot of physical play, and he didn't react in any way, he didn't get any dumb fouls."

And by staying out of foul trouble there was no answer for either big man. Something both were pleased with.

"As long as we are both out on the court, I think we can achieve [being] the best one and two big guys out on the court," said Williams. "Right now, we're trying to build that relationship where he knows what I'm going to do and I know what he's going to do and hopefully we can build on that."

"Any time you have size and strength as well as three-point shooting, you can have yourself a great team. Me and Shav, we're trying to produce that and hopefully it will take us through the long haul."

Randolph agreed, but wasn't completely satisfied.

"I was pleased, not satisfied, but pleased with the way me and Shelden [Williams] played," added Randolph. "Shelden was an absolute beast and he made what I did easier out there, as far as not having to worry as much about getting rebounds because I knew if I wasn't going to get it he was going to get it."

With the big men towering over the competition, the Duke perimeter game found it easier to get into the swing of things as starters Daniel Ewing and J.J. Redick added 16 and 18 apiece, while reserve forward Lee Melchionni chipped in with 10 points off the bench. Ewing also dished out a team high seven assists against one turnover.

After sending the lead to double digits at the 17:08 mark of the first half, the Blue Devils went into cruise control, extending the lead to 21-4, then 38-11 before settling on a 51-28 halftime advantage.

The second half saw the Devils begin to foul out the X-Men reserves behind Williams and Randolph inside. The final margin of 51 points, was the largest lead of the game for Duke when junior walk-on Ross Perkins scored the game's final basket on a backdoor lay-up with 22 seconds left.

The Blue Devils return to action on Nov. 11 in their final exhibition game vs. N.C. Central. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke opens the regular season - the 100th in the history of basketball at the school - on Nov. 20 vs. Tennessee-Martin at home.

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