Starting the game without junior guard Nolan Smith, who will miss the season's first two games due to participation in an unsanctioned summer league, the Blue Devils struggled to find an offensive rhythm for most of the opening stanza. It showed as Duke managed just a 13 point lead after 20 minutes.
Things changed in the second half with the return of Smith who immediately energized his team and provided a change of pace on the offensive tempo, helping Duke errupt for a 24-4 spurt that put the game out of reach with just under 13 minutes to play.
The Oilers, who won the NCAA Division II National Title a year ago, couldn't match Duke's height which resulted in 59-38 advantage on the boards for the Blue Devils. Of those 59 total rebounds, Duke pulled in 19 offensive boards which helped the team offset a subpar shooting performance from the field (41.2%) and the perimeter (33.3%).
Starting center Miles Plumlee recorded nine points and 10 rebounds, while Singler, Brian Zoubek, and Lance Thomas each recorded nine boards apiece as part of the Blue Devils' starting lineup that featured no player shorter than 6'5 and four players 6'8 or taller.
Findlay was led by Marcus Parker and Nathan Hyde's 14 and 13 points respectively. The Oilers were held to just 25.3 percent shooting from the field and 23.8 percent from the perimeter.