Devils Survive Gritty Davidson, 74-61

After rolling through Tennessee Martin, the Blue Devils found a tough and gritty Davidson team primed for an upset waiting on them in Charlotte. Despite building a big lead early in the second half, Duke found themselves in the middle of a four point game late before pulling away for the 74-61 victory.

Daniel Ewing scored a team high 19 points, 16 in the second half, as Duke rallied from an early seven point deficit to take a 29-22 lead at intermission despite shooting just 37% from the floor.

It was the 18th straight victory for the Blue Devils over Davidson, however the result looked to be in doubt after Duke nearly blew a 20-point second half advantage.

Team leader Brendan Winters scored 24 for the Wildcats who rallied from a 44-24 hole to pull within four with just under six minutes to play.

With his team reeling, it was Ewing who provided the spark for the Devils by stealing the ball from Logan Kosmalski and converting the fast break jam. After a Shavlik Randolph free throw pushed the lead to seven, Ewing took his man off the dribble and knocked down the pull up three pointer to push the lead to 61-51 with three and a half minutes remaining.

Kosmalski scored 25 and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Backcourt running mate J.J. Redick added 18 along with Shelden Williams who tallied 15 points, but it was junior reserve Sean Dockery who provided 15 unexpected points off the bench to keep Duke in control.

Dockery's big night began in the first half after Duke had missed its first 11 three pointers and fell into a hole early. The 6'2 junior would calmly sink two three pointers on the next three possessions while finding Redick for another as Duke finished the first half on an 11-1 run to turn a 21-18 Davidson lead into a comfortable halftime advantage.

Led by Ewing, Duke would try to deliver the knock out punch early in the second period. The senior scored nine straight points including a 38 foot three pointer with the shot clock expiring that seemed to stun the Wildcats, who immediately turned the ball over, allowing Randolph and easy dunk inside, followed by a Dockery lay up to make it a 20 point game with 15 minutes remaining.

However the Wildcats wouldn't wilt, putting together a 22-7 spurt keyed by hot outside shooting to put the outcome in question with under six minutes remaining.

Duke returns to action on November 27th against North Carolina A&T before hosting Michigan State on the 30th.

DUKE (2-0)

McClure 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 6-9 3-4 15, Randolph 2-7 1-3 5, Redick 6-14 5-6 18, Ewing 7-19 1-3 19, Melchionni 1-4 0-0 2, Dockery 3-3 7-8 15, Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Love 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-58 17-24 74.

DAVIDSON (1-1)

Kosmalski 8-15 7-9 25, Grace 0-3 0-0 0, McKillop 0-4 0-0 0, Grant 1-4 0-0 2, Winters 10-17 0-0 24, Richards 0-0 0-0 0, Meno 0-0 0-0 0, Sander 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 2-10 0-0 5, Blancett 1-1 0-0 3, Morton 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 23-60 7-9 61.

Halftime-Duke 29-22. 3-Point Goals-Duke 7-25 (Ewing 4-11, Dockery 2-2, Redick 1-6, Nelson 0-1, McClure 0-1, Randolph 0-2, Melchionni 0-2), Davidson 8-23 (Winters 4-7, Kosmalski 2-5, Blancett 1-1, Johnson 1-3, Grace 0-1, McKillop 0-3, Morton 0-3). Fouled out-Grant, Winters. Rebounds-Duke 33 (Williams, Randolph 6), Davidson 42 (Kosmalski 13). Assists-Duke 13 (Redick, Ewing 3), Davidson 10 (Grant 4). Total fouls-Duke 14, Davidson 22. A-8,793.


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