White Wins Two At Annual Scrimmage

Sure, it's early in the 2005-2006 season. In fact the Blue Devils have yet to play their first game against external competition, but the feeling around Cameron on Saturday for the annual Blue-White scrimmage was that this Duke team has the potential to be very special.

"We've got the potential to do very well this season," said head coach Mike Krzyzewski in his halftime address to the crowd. "We need everyone to be hungry this season."

When the teams first came onto the floor many were surprised to see the starting lineup as the white team and the reserves as the Blue. The White, composed of DeMarcus Nelson, Sean Dockery, Josh McRoberts, Shelden Williams, and J.J. Redick, while the Blue team showcased Eric Boateng, Martynas Pocius, Greg Paulus, Jamal Boykin, and Lee Melchionni.

After Blue jumped out to a 6-2 lead, the White took control using Williams and Redick as a one-two punch, to win easily by a count of 47-24. Redick was unstoppable from the perimeter, hitting for 17 points on just five shots (4-of-5 overall; 3-of-4 from long range), while Williams filled up the stat sheet with eight points, six rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in just 15 minutes.

"We didn't try to overcoach them," said Krzyzewski after the game. "We just kind of let them play today, so it's not like even for J.J. [Redick] we were calling a lot of stuff. He still got 27 points on 10 shots – that's pretty efficient – and seven assists and only one turnover. He's really playing at a high level.

"I think Shelden [Wiliams] is still rounding into shape, with the stress fracture. Although he did well, he'll play a lot better. Part of it is getting into good shape. I thought DeMarcus was really solid. His role, you can see the improvement in him. He's a different player."

Senior Sean Dockery chipped in with 10 points without missing a shot (4-4 FG, 2-2 3pt), while prized freshman Josh McRoberts scored eight points to go along with six rebounds and two steals. Sophomore DeMarcus Nelson added four points.

The Blue was led by senior Lee Melchionni's seven points, while freshman Eric Boateng added six along with a team best six rebounds, three steals, and three blocks – one on a McRoberts dunk attempt as time expired.

The second game saw McRoberts, Dockery, Melchionni, and Paulus switch teams. It wasn't enough as Nelson and Melchionni combined for 24 points as White prevailed 38-30.

Melchionni was the game's high scorer, hitting or 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting (3-of-4 from long range), while teammate Nelson added 11. Redick chipped in with 10 while Williams added four to round out the scoring for the White.

Blue was led by Dockery's 12 points, followed by Pocius' six. Jamal Boykin, Boateng, and McRoberts added four apiece for Blue, while grabbing five, four, and six rebounds respectively.

"It was really good for us to get out. It's really like our eighth practice. I thought that all the kids were excited to play, and it's good to see, especially the freshmen in front of a crowd. It seemed like all of them, all five of them, were pretty excited, and they all did some good things. There wasn't any nervousness or anything like that. I was pleased."

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