Devils Stand Tall In First Exhibition

Seven players score in double figures as Duke easily defeats Pfeiffer 128-70 in Cameron as the 2009-2010 season tipped off.

Balanced scoring was the order of the day as Duke opened the 2009-2010 hoops campaign with a convincing victory over an overmatched opponent. Kyle Singler led seven Blue Devils in double figures as Duke beat Pfeiffer 128-70 on Saturday night.

After hitting just one of their first five shots, the Blue Devils found their range to ignite a 14-0 run to open the scoring. From there it was academic as Duke would shoot nearly 61 percent from the floor and 38 percent from the perimeter on the night. By halftime the margin was 41 points at 61-20.

Aside from Singler's 21 points and seven rebounds, the Blue Devils got 16 points from Nolan Smith along with a career high 11 points from Olek Czyz.

While the elder player provided steady production, it was the impact of the freshman class that had the arena buzzing most of the night. Freshman post Mason Plumlee - the team's starting power forward - tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds while fellow freshman post Ryan Kelly added 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 22 minutes of action. Classmate Andre Dawkins, the team's third guard, added 12 points in 18 minutes.

Joining his brother in the post and in double figures was Miles Plumlee who started alongside Mason in the post and finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Brian Zoubek came off the bench to add another player with double figure points and rebounds - finishing with 14 and 13 respectively.

Standing much taller than their opponents, the Blue Devils owned the glass against Pfeiffer, collecting 65 boards including 22 offensive. Duke also handed out 30 assists on 50 made field goals. However, the team also committed 23 turnovers.

Duke returns to action on November 3rd against Findlay in the team's final exhibition game.


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