Blue Devils Blow Out UNCG, 98-44

Against the first opponent from the Southern Conference the Blue Devils gave Davidson a chance late in the game. The second opponent from that league wasn't afforded the same opportunity as Duke raced out to a 39 point half time advantage before cruising to a 98-44 blow out victory over North Carolina Greensboro.

Shelden Williams led a trio of Blue Devils who scored a game high 16 points, 15 in the first half, while grabbing 11 rebounds in just 24 minutes as the Blue Devils were never challenged.

The rout was on from the opening tip as Duke scored inside and then stole the inbounds pass for a 4-0 lead 24 seconds into the game. The Blue Devils would turn up the defensive intensity from there, holding the Spartans without a shot attempt for the first three minutes of play.

UNCG would slice into the lead when a basket by preseason All-Conference selection Ronnie Berrell made the score 7-6 at the 16 minute mark.

From there the Blue Devils would turn on the perimeter attack as senior Daniel Ewing connected on two three pointers, while assisting new starter Sean Dockery on another as Duke would go on a 14-0 run to extend the lead to 15 with just over 13 minutes remaining.

Dockery, coming off a career high 15 points against Davidson, scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from the perimeter. As a team Duke hit 15-of-32 from three point range as part of a 37-of-70 shooting

Ewing finished with 16 points, along with J.J. Redick who also tallied a career high seven assists for the Blue Devils, who begin preparation for the Michigan State Spartans as part of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Tuesday night in Cameron Indoor.

Leading 60-21 at the half, Duke would stretch the lead to as many as 55 before breaking up the rotation with reserves for the final eight minutes of the night. After rebounding a missed free throw attempt with 28 seconds remaining, the Blue Devils had a chance to break the 100 point mark, but head coach Mike Krzyzewski instructed his team to dribble out the clock.

Shavlik Randolph and Lee Melchionni added 11 and 12 points respectively as Duke placed five players in double figures.

With the win Duke picked up its 70th victory in 81 games against in state opponents since the 1996-1997 season.


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