The veterans weren't the only ones getting involved on the offensive end. Freshman point guard Greg Paulus scored just three points, but set a freshman assist record with 15 helpers against just three turnovers. Classmate Josh McRoberts added eight points while Jamal Boykin chipped in with six.
With the offense having a banner evening, the post exam rust showed in a big way on the defensive side of the ball, allowing Valpo to shoot 50% from the field in the opening half, while owning the boards by a 25-15 margin.
After taking a quick lead and then pushing it to as many as 16 points in the opening half, the Blue Devils saw the Crusaders cut the margin to nine on the strength of a 7-0 run courtesy of Duke going without a field goal for the final 4:38 of the half.
With the victory Duke improves to 10-0 on the season – the fifth time in the past six seasons.