Devils Roll Over Valpo, 104-77

Coming off a week of final exams, the Blue Devils were hoping to avoid suffering any kind of let down caused by the extended time off against the Crusaders of Valparaiso. Unfortunately it didn't happen, but Duke was able to pull away in the second half to improve to 10-0 on the year with a 104-77 victory.

J.J. Redick followed up his 41 point blitz of then No. 2 Texas with 30 points, while fellow senior Shelden Williams added 19 points and 11 rebounds. With the usual output from the two All-Americans, the Blue Devils also got the benefit of a third scoring option by committee led by seniors Lee Melchionni (18) and Sean Dockery (13).

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.

The lack of effort on what is usually a Duke calling card, drew a "spirited" pep talk from head coach Mike Krzyzewski at intermission.

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.


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