Devils Push Past SJU, 70-57

In what is becoming a trend, the Blue Devils entered Wednesday night's game against St. John's as a heavy favorite only to find themselves in a battle for most of the game. Still, the home atmosphere and talent gap proved to be the difference as Duke overcame a sluggish effort to improve to 11-0.

That sluggishness showed in team captain, and leading scorer J.J. Redick who missed two straight free throws for the first time in his career, and shot just 6-of-16 from the field and 3-of-9 from long range to finish with 18 points on the night.

Redick would find a bried hot streak after those record setting misses from the charity stripe, knocking down a breakaway three off a Greg Paulus assist that sparked the deciding 26-7 Duke spurt that straddled halftime and put the game out of reach for St. John's.

With Redick misfiring, the Blue Devils got a lift from touted freshman forward Josh McRoberts who tied his career high with 12 points, six off alley-opp jams that fired up the team and home crowd in a big way. The Indiana native finished 6-of-11 from the field with three rebounds in just 18 minutes.

Fellow frontcourt starter Shelden Williams added his usually steady effort with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and seven blocks – his second straight double-double and ACC leading 42nd of his career.

Duke also got another double figure performance from Sean Dockery, who tallied 12 points – the fourth time in the last five games he's scored 10 or more points. After averaging just five points per game in his first three seasons, Dockery is scoring at a 12.6 points per game clip since hitting the miracle game winner against Virginia Tech.

St. John's was led by Aaron Spears' 14 points while Anthony Mason, Jr. tallied eight as the Red Storm fell to 5-4 on the season.

After breaking the freshman assist record in his previous game with 15 helpers, Greg Paulus added another seven assists and seven points on the night.

Duke improves to 11-0 on the season and will now break for the holidays before returning to action against Bucknell on December 31st.


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