Duke Beats Princeton in Maui Opener

The Blue Devils get a double-double from Kyle Singler to advance to Tuesday night's semifinal

In an event where the Blue Devils have never lost, freshman Kyle Singler was in no mood for either an upset or for history to be made. Singler scored a game high 21 points and added 12 rebounds as Duke beat Princeton 83-61 in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

Seeking a fourth title in four trips to the Hawaiian pre-season event, the Blue Devils left no doubt regarding the outcome of the game early. After falling behind 2-0 on the opening possession of the game, Duke responded with a 31-2 run over the next 9:30 to take a 31-4 lead.

During the run Duke showed the ability to score from any number of positions, but it was Singler who seemed to be everywhere. The 6'9 forward, who finished 9-of-14 from the field, scored 10 of Duke's first 12 points.

"I wanted to come out active and I found myself attacking the glass and getting loose balls and garbage points around the basket," said Singler, who collected nine of his 12 rebounds on the offensive end of the floor.

Joining the freshman in double figures was Gerald Henderson (12) and Jon Scheyer (10). Brian Zoubek added nine points and six rebounds, while DeMarcus Nelson added seven points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Duke returns to action on Monday night against Illinois, who beat Arizona State in the late game.

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