Backcourt players Gerald Henderson and Nolan Smith scored 13 apiece while Jon Scheyer added 12 as the Blue Devils blew open a close game with a 22-9 run late in the first half to cruise to their NCAA-leading 59th straight nonconference victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
After missing the needed defensive intensity in their two losses, Duke returned home to force St. John's into 18 turnovers while holding the Red Storm to 33% shooting from the field and just 3-of-13 from the perimeter. Offensively, the Blue Devils were able to find their range without incident - hitting 46% from the field and 40% from the perimeter.
Duke's defense was able to hold the Red Storm's leading scorer, Anthony Mason, Jr., to just 2-of-11 from the field for a four point afternoon. With their star struggling mightily, St. John's got a spark from freshman D.J. Kennedy who had 16.
The Blue Devils will return to action next week when they host Georgia Tech on Feb 27th in Cameron Indoor Stadium.