Marquette Trounces Duke, 73-62

It took five games, but the inexperience of Mike Krzyzewski's squad finally caught up to them on Tuesday night. Duke battled a tough Marquette team for the first 30 minutes of the game, but were no match for the brilliance of Dominic James down the stretch as the Golden Eagles trounced Duke in the CBE Classic Championship.

James, who had been solid throughout the game, erupted for 10 points in a decisive two and a half minutes span that broke open a 56-56 game with just over six minutes to go. The final three points of the run came as he nailed a fade away jumper and was fouled by the object of his abuse -- Duke sophomore Greg Paulus. He connected on the ensuing free thrown and Duke would get no closer.

It total it was a very forgettable night for Paulus, who did manage seven points, but logged just one assist against seven turnovers. Fellow captain Josh McRoberts did manage 15 points and 9 rebounds, but he missed several point blank opportunities when his team desperately needed a basket and shot just 4-of-15 from the floor.

Junior DeMarcus Nelson scored 11 of Duke's first 15 points, but was seldom heard from again on the offensive end. Freshman Jon Scheyer also suffered his worst game as a Blue Devil, hitting for just 3 points and missing all five of his field goal attempts. It was a similar story for Gerald Henderson, who failed to score after missing all five of his shots.

One bright spot for Duke was the play of freshman Lance Thomas, who ended with nine points and seven rebounds. Classmate Brian Zoubek added eight points to the cause as well.

Still, it wasn't enough as the Golden Eagles were clearly the quicker and more aggressive team - crashing the boards and seeming to come up with every loose ball regardless of the location on the court.

In addition to James' brilliance, Jerel McNeal added 17 points for the Golden Eagles (6-0), who improved to 2-4 all time against Duke.

The Blue Devils will look to bounce back on November 25th when they host Davidson at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7:00 PM.

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