Blue Devils Top Boston 64-47

The nation got a first look at the preseason number one team. For the first half of the opening period it was tough to tell if the Duke Blue Devils were worthy of their lofty preseason perch as the Boston Terriers jumped out to an early lead before the giant awoke – though only in small spurts as the Devils pulled away to win 64-47 on Monday night in Cameron.

Shelden Williams scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while fellow All-American captain J.J. Redick added 19 points for Duke which improves to 24-2 in season openers under head coach Mike Krzyzewski with the 00 point victory in the first round of the Preseason NIT.

Duke will meet the winner of Manhattan and Seton Hall in the second round of the event at Cameron on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM.

Both Williams and Redick went the entire night without a signature stat – Williams failed to block a shot, while Redick didn't connect from the perimeter on four attempts. As a team Duke shot just 18 percent from long range and only blocked one shot on the night.

It wasn't easy for the Blue Devils, who shot a paltry 3-for-17 from the perimeter and 22-of-53 overall from the field. The shooting woes were most evident early in the first period as Duke missed 12 of their first 13 attempts.

With the outside shots not falling, Duke began to go to work inside with Williams and highly touted freshman Josh McRoberts combining to help tie the game at 19. After a pair of free throws by Redick gave Duke its first lead of the game, Lee Melchionni picked off a Boston pass and racing down the court for the jam giving the Devils a four point advantage.

McRoberts, who entered the game at the 16:27 minute mark of the first half and promptly converted an offensive stick back for his first collegiate points, finished with six points and 10 rebounds.

Melchionni and Sean Dockery would knock down open looks from the perimeter while Williams and Redick each scored as Duke used a 21-7 run to close the half with a 14-point advantage, 40-26.

The Terriers exited the locker-room and quickly cut into Duke's lead on a 3-pointer by Corey Hassan that cut the margin to 44-35 with just under 15 minutes remaining. But Duke countered with a 7-0 run made up of a three point play by DeMarcus Nelson along with baskets from Redick and Williams to extend the lead to 16.

Nelson finished with five points and seven steals while Melchionni added eight. Dockery chipped in with seven while freshman Greg Paulus' two free throws rounded out the scoring for Duke.


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