Devils Cruise Past Valpo, 93-61

In their final game before exams begin, Duke was never challenged by Valparaiso, beating the Crusaders 93-61 to improve to 5-0 on the season, and helping Mike Krzyzewski to his 699th career victory.

J.J. Redick led all scorers with 26 points including three long range bombs as the Blue Devils turned a relatively close game into a romp midway through the first half.

After the Crusaders tied the game at 10 with just under fifteen minutes remaining in the first half, Duke went to work offensively, pounding the ball inside to Shelden Williams who converted on three straight possessions against the overmatched Valpo defenders as the Blue Devils put together a 22-5 run to take a 32-15 lead.

Williams finished with 16 points, on 7-of-9 shooting, and X rebounds while manning the post virtually alone for most of the afternoon after fellow frontcourt starter Shavlik Randolph once again found himself in early foul trouble and ineffective throughout the game, finishing with just four points and four fouls.

After taking a 48-26 halftime lead, the Blue Devils put it in cruise control in the second half, playing many of the reserves in key roles including freshman scoring guard DeMarcus Nelson, who tallied a career high 17 points, and five rebounds despite shooting just 4-of-9 from the free throw line.

Duke, which shot a sizzling 66% from the field, pushed the lead to 35 at 91-56 with just over one minute remaining in the game. Coach K's team was equally effective on the defensive end, forcing 21 Crusader turnovers, including 18 in the first half.

Daniel Ewing added 14 for the Blue Devils, who return to the court against Toledo next Sunday night in Cameron. Should the Blue Devils come away with the win, it would move Krzyzewski into the 700 win club along with six other active coaches. The all time record is held by former North Carolina head coach Dean Smith, who won 879 times in Chapel Hill.


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