Devils Roll Past UNCG, 75-48

If head coach Mike Krzyzewski had any concerns about his young team looking past UNC-Greensboro towards Monday's match up with Air Force, they were quickly alleviated as Duke took command early and never looked back, beating the Spartans 75-48 to improve to 3-0 on the season.

The Blue Devils set the tone early, forcing turnovers on three of UNCG's first five possessions, sparking a 9-0 run that seemed to take what little fight the visitors entered Cameron with.

Duke pushed the lead to as many as 26 points in the first half on a Brian Zoubek lay-up at the 2:36 mark of the first half, before settling for a 45-20 advantage at intermission.

In those opening 20 minutes, Duke saw 10 players log minutes including red shirt sophomore David McClure who scored 10 of his 00 points in just 11 minutes, while Zoubek added 11 of his 17 in just nine minutes of action.

After dominating in the opening half, Duke seemed to take a foot off the accelerator for the opening eight and a half minutes of the second period. The flat play along with a spirited UNCG effort made it a game as the Spartans cut the lead to 14 at 54-40 on a Kevin Oleksiak three pointer with 11:26 remaining. They would get no closer as the Duke depth proved to be the difference it the game.

In addition to Zoubek and McClure, DeMarcus Nelson added 11 points and five rebounds; sophomore Josh McRoberts added six points, seven assists, and five blocks in 23 minutes. Freshman Gerald Henderson chipped in with 12 points in 22 minutes including a pair of highlight reel dunks.

As a team the Blue Devils once again enjoyed great success from the field, connecting on 31-of-58 field goal attempts (57.1%), while holding the Spartans to just 31.6% from the field, and out-rebounding them 41-31. Duke has yet to surrender more than 50 points to an opponent on the season.

With the outcome never really in doubt, Duke fans are left to ponder the emergence of Scheyer, who started in place of sophomore Greg Paulus - who continues to recover from a foot injury that forced him out of the entire preseason. In his place, Scheyer was once again extremely solid, logging eight points and four rebounds while running the offense extremely efficiently. In relief of the freshman, Paulus' statline read four points, three assists, and three turnovers in 20 minutes of action.

The win bumps Duke's season record to 3-0 as the Devils now turn their attention to Air Force and the semifinals of the CBE Classic on Monday night in Kansas City.

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