Devils Rebound With Big Win Over SJU

In losses to Wake Forest and Miami the Duke offense was able to score points, but the Blue Devils' defense wasn't up to the task of stopping either the Deacons or Hurricanes. On Saturday, however, the defense reappeared and the offense remained steady, giving Duke an easy 30 point victory.

Kyle Singler scored a team high 16, while sophomore Brian Zoubek logged his best game of the season with 11 points and a career best 13 rebounds to help Duke improve to 23-3 on the season.

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.


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