Blue Devils Push Back Aggies, 86-61

In the first game it was the freshman class leading the way. Against a more talented opponent it was the returning players pacing the Blue Devils to a second straight victory. Jon Scheyer led all scorers with 22 points as Duke dispatched New Mexico State 86-61 Monday night.

Scheyer, who entered the game as the team's sixth man, converted 8-of-11 attempts from the field including 4-fo-6 from three point range, leading a balanced Duke attack that overwhelmed the much bigger Aggies en route to a 25 point margin of victory and the program's 53rd consecutive win over non-conference opponent in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

New Mexico State, an NCAA Tournament participant a season ago and picked as a preseason favorite to win the WAC title again in 2008, gained an early 6-4 lead though but things would quickly go south from there. The Blue Devils seized control of the game with a devastating 21-2 run over a near eight minute stretch. In that time Duke held the Aggies to 1-of-11 shooting and failed to score on 15 of their next 16 possessions.

By the time first year coach Marvin Menzies' team could stop the bleeding, the Blue Devils held a 25-8 advantage. Duke would push the lead to 21 at the break when DeMarcus Nelson knocked down a three from the corner to make it 47-26.

Nelson finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks, while junior point guard Greg Paulus added 9 points, 8 assists, and four steals against three turnovers.

After combing for 51 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists in the season opener against North Carolina Central, the freshman trio of Kyle Singler, and Nolan Smith weren't as flashy. Singler led the way with 10 points, five rebounds, two steals, and two blocks; while Smith had a quiet night with two points and three assists in 16 minutes.

Justin Hawkins had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Fred Peete had 13 points and Wendell McKines added 10 for the Aggies (0-2).

Duke returns to the court next Monday for a 9:00 PM tip-off against Princeton.

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