Offense Clicks As Duke Gets First ACC Win

Heading into Sunday night's match up with Miami, the Blue Devils were looking for a way to rebound. Not only from two straight losses, but a string of poor play that had hampered Duke for nearly two weeks. That rebound came in the form of a 85-63 victory over the Hurricanes behind a career night from freshman Jon Scheyer.

After struggling to score points throughout the season, Duke logged more points than they had since beating Columbia 86-45 in the season opener while shooting nearly 70 percent as a team en route to the team's first conference victory of the season.

The tone was set early on as the Blue Devils once again jumped out to a lead within the first few minutes - as they did in Atlanta. However, this time Duke wouldn't relent and never trailed throughout the game. By intermission the fans in attendance could tell that Duke wasn't the team they had watched struggle through the first two ACC tests and Mike Krzyzewski's team hit 17-of-24 attempts before intermission to take a nine point lead.

A big part of the offensive outburst was the play of Scheyer, who logged 25 points on 5-of-8 shooting, and 11-of-11 free throws while playing the entire night. Joining the freshman in double figures was much maligned point guard Greg Paulus who started after being benched against Georgia Tech early in the week and responded with 15 points and three assists.

With the backcourt play playing as well as they had in nearly a month, Duke also got a lift from captains Josh McRoberts in the post and on the wing in the form of DeMarcus Nelson. McRoberts hit all four field goal attempts on his way to 11 points, five rebounds, and five assists while Nelson missed just one shot (7-of-8 FG) en route to 14 points.

Off the bench Duke got a lift from David McClure who logged eight points and a career best 11 rebounds. Gerald Henderson added six points in 20 minutes.

The Hurricanes, who were without a pair of frontcourt starters, got 19 points from forward Brian Asbury and 14 points from guard Anthony Harris.

With the win, Duke improves to 1-2 in the conference and will head home to Cameron Indoor Stadium to host Wake Forest on Thursday night.


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