Duke Rolls Past UNC-Asheville

Gerald Henderson and Kyle Singler both scored 14 points after being benched at the start of No. 6 Duke's 99-56 rout of North Carolina-Asheville on Wednesday night.

Jon Scheyer added 13 points for the Blue Devils (9-1), who juggled the lineup after they were upset 11 days earlier at Michigan. Coach Mike Krzyzewski benched his regular starting lineup in favor of five players who had combined to make one start this season.

Ultimately, it didn't matter who Duke had on the floor against an outmanned UNC Asheville team. The Blue Devils took control with an early 27-8 run and coasted to their 65th consecutive nonconference victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke pushed its lead into double figures for good during that big spurt midway through the first half, made it a 20-point game roughly 1 1/2 minutes after halftime and stretched it to 30 with 8 1/2 minutes left. By then, the only apparent shortcoming for the Blue Devils was that they wouldn't match the 68-point beating that rival North Carolina gave the Bulldogs last month.

Reid Augst, the only senior on UNC Asheville's roster, scored 15 points and John Williams added 11. The Bulldogs (4-6) lost their sixth straight against Division I opponents and fell to 0-50 all-time against Atlantic Coast Conference teams.

Brian Zoubek, Greg Paulus and Nolan Smith all scored 12 points for the Blue Devils, who spent nearly two weeks figuring out what went wrong at Michigan, then improved to 14-1 under Krzyzewski following a break of 10 or more days between games.

To shake things up, Coach K started Paulus, David McClure and Martynas Pocius plus freshmen Elliot Williams and Miles Plumlee, who started the season opener and was the only one of the five with starting experience this season.

Meanwhile, Singler, Henderson and the other regulars watched the opening few minutes from the bench before they trickled into the game and started Duke's overwhelming run.

They quickly took care of one of their most glaring shortcomings in that defeat in Ann Arbor, where they were just 7-of-33 from 3-point range.

Duke needed little more than 11 minutes to match that output, knocking down seven of its first eight attempts from beyond the arc -- including two each by Paulus and Smith -- and finishing 11-of-27 from long range.

The Blue Devils -- who also had serious trouble getting to the foul line in that loss, shooting a season-low six free throws -- were significantly more effective this time, knocking down 16 of their 19 free throws. They also turned UNC Asheville's 24 turnovers into 36 points and held a 42-24 rebounding advantage.


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