Duke Rolls Past Davidson, 75-47

After suffering the season's first loss on Tuesday, head coach Mike Krzyzewksi challenged his team to improve its defensive effort against in-state foe Davidson. Duke did just that, suffocating the Wildcats high scoring offense while rolling to a 75-47 victory on Saturday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Josh McRoberts and Jon Scheyer scored a team high 14 points apiece as Duke improved to 5-1 on the season. The Blue Devils also extended their non-conference home winning streak to a remarkable 44 consecutive games. A streak that, like the outcome, was never really in doubt.

After knotting the game at 6-6, Davidson's offense was shut down as the Blue Devils methodically began to build a lead they would never relinquish. By halftime the Wildcats were shooting just 23% from the field, and had made just six total field goals while falling behind 34-18.

The second half didn't go much better for head coach Bob McKillop's troops as thought neither team's offense was ever to find consistent footing, the Blue Devils' efforts were good enough to continually add to the lead while the Wildcats continued to struggle against the Blue Devils' pressure, shooting just 28.1% on the night from the field and 3-of-20 from the perimeter.

Duke's biggest lead would be 30 on a Martynas Pocius three with just over four minutes remaining. Duke would push the lead to that level several more times before emptying the bench and allowing the Wildcats to claw back in the final minute to make the final margin.

The Wildcats become the fourth team in six games that was unable to reach the 50 point plateau against the Blue Devils. Duke is allowing 52.5 points per contest to opponents.

One of the keys to the game for Duke was to contain the Wildcats' high scoring freshman Stephan Curry, who entered the night averaging 22.5 points per game through the team's first six. In his first appearance in Cameron, Curry struggled mightily, scoring just 5 points and 1-of-8 shooting from the perimeter before fouling out with 6:55 remaining.

While Davidson's usual game plan faltered with the poor outside shooting performance and lack of production from Curry, Duke was able to capitalize on their usual output from a number of different players. In addition to McRoberts and Scheyer, Duke's Brian Zoubek and Gerald Henderson also reached double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively. Henderson had not scored in either of the previous two games.

DeMarcus Nelson, the team's leading scorer on the season, failed to reach double figures for the first time this year. He finished with 7 points and four 4 rebounds.

On the glass Duke out-rebounded their sixth straight opponent by winning the battle of the boards 33-25 against the Wildcats led by McRoberts' 8. Zoubek added 7 boards.

Now with a 5-1 overall record, head coach Mike Krzyzewski's team will head into the annual ACC-Big 10 Challenge where they will host the Indiana Hoosiers on Tuesday night in Cameron. Duke has never lost in the event. No other team, from either conference, has a perfect record.

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