Duke Clips Boston College, 79-59

For the second straight game the Blue Devils reached halftime in a tightly contested contest against a conference foe. Unlike Sunday's game in Atlanta, Duke's second half performance blew the game open and buried Boston College, 79-59.

Nolan Smith scored a game high 24 points while classmate Kyle Singler logged his first double-double since November 16th as the Blue Devils improved to 2-1 in conference play and 14-2 overall while bouncing back from Sunday's loss at Georgia Tech.

In that game Duke was dominated on the glass, especially in the decisive second half Yellow Jacket run. On Wednesday, however, the Blue Devils took control of the boards - out-rebounding the ACC's top rebounding team 40-25 overall while collecting 18 rebounds on the offensive end.

Doing the work on the glass was needed as Duke shot a paltry 1-of-12 from the perimeter. It's something head coach Mike Krzyzewski will have to take note of as his team has hit just seven of its last 40 perimeter attempts (.175). Without the traditional perimeter oriented attack, the Blue Devils began attacking the basket and feeding the post to take control of the game.

Miles Plumlee led the attack inside, scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds while Brian Zoubek added six points and 11 boards. Meanwhile Mason Plumlee, the other Duke player to earn significant time in the post, finished with five rebounds but shot just 2-of-10 from the field.

In addition to working the ball inside in the second half, Duke turned up the defensive intensity and limited an experienced Boston College team to just 8-of-22 from the field in the second half. In the first the Eagles had shot 50 percent from the floor.

The Blue Devils return to the court on Sunday night when the Wake Forest Demon Deacons come to Cameron fresh off an overtime victory over Maryland on Tuesday night.


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