Nelson Spurs Duke to 72-48 Victory

DeMarcus Nelson scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Duke improved to 2-0 on the season with a 24 point win over Georgia Southern.

The second game in two days was certainly a step up in competition for the young Blue Devils as Georgia Southern led for most of the first half. However a late half flurry was capped off by a buzzer beating three pointer by DeMarcus Nelson, and Duke never looked back in beating the Eagles 72-48 on Monday night. Nelson finished the night with 16 points and 10 rebounds as Duke improved to 2-0 on the season and advanced to the CBE semifinals in Kansas City where they will await the winner of the Palo Alto bracket.

Georgia Southern led by as many as six at 18-12 after Dwayne Foreman hit a three pointer at the 11:42 mark, but the Eagles' offense would suddenly go cold as Duke peeled off a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the game at 19-18. The teams would trade baskets for the remainder of the half, until the 1:58 mark when the Eagles would take a one point lead at 30-29 on a pair of Antoine Johnson free throws.

Duke would respond with a 6-0 run comprised of a Gerald Henderson jumper and four Josh McRoberts free throws. The last extending the lead to 35-30 with 24 seconds remaining. Georgia Southern would get a Matt Fields lay-up with nine seconds left, but the Blue Devils quickly in-bounded the ball to Jon Scheyer, who raced down the court and found Nelson alone in the right hand corner for the buzzer beating three to send Duke into the locker room with a six point lead at 38-32 and the momentum.

That momentum carried over the 15 minute intermission as Duke quickly extended the lead to double figures as Greg Paulus found McRoberts on an alley-oop at the 19:04 mark. The margin ballooned to 20 for the first time when Scheyer found McRoberts for an easy lay-up with just under four minutes remaining to make it a 64-44 game.

After missing his first four field goal attempts, McRoberts finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Jon Scheyer added 11 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Freshman wing forward Gerald Henderson was the fourth Dukie in double figures, tallying 13 points and four steals.

In a noticeable departure from years past, the Blue Devils attempted just five three point baskets on the night, making two. Coincidentally Duke shot 50% from the field on the night, while out-rebounding their opponents 40-31.

The Blue Devils will return to action on November 16th against UNC-Greensboro.

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