Duke Dumps Clemson, 74-53

Last season the Blue Devils watched as Clemson ran off a 27 point victory over Duke at home. Fans stormed the court to help their players celebrate. A year later, head coach Mike Krzyzewski's squad was determined to earn a measure of revenge. That's exactly what happened in the form of a 74-53 victory on Sunday.

Senior Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith scored 22 points apiece as the seventh ranked Blue Devils opened the ACC season with a 21 point victory over the 18th ranked Tigers.

The victory snapped a two game Clemson win-streak in a series that had seen the Blue Devils previously win 22 straight. And while new streak may have begun on Sunday night, another was merely extended as the Tigers lost their 13th straight contest in Durham.

Joining Smith and Scheyer in double-figures was junior forward Kyle Singler who added 16 points and eight rebounds for Duke which improved to 12-1 on the season and 1-0 in the conference.

No other Blue Devil scored more than seven points, while the rest of the roster combined for just 14 points on the night. It was more than enough for Duke, however, as the Blue Devils' defense held Clemson to just 32.7 percent from the field and 3-of-16 from the perimeter.

After holding the Tigers to just 12 first half points, and building an 18 point lead it seemed as though Duke was on the way to an easy victory. However, Clemson started the second half with an 11-0 run to get back into the game. To that point the Blue Devils had settled for quick looks from the perimeter instead of attacking the basket. That changed after Krzyzewski called a quick timeout to ignite and challenge his team.

His charges responded immediately - starting with Smith forced a turnover and converted the lay-up. Next came a follow up by Mason Plumlee and then a steal and three pointer by Scheyer to extend the lead to 42-25. Clemson wouldn't get the lead under double figures the rest of the way.

Duke will step out of conference once more before the meat of the ACC schedule arrives by traveling to Chicago to face Iowa State on Wednesday.

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