Blue Devils destroy Pirates
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick scored 16 of his game-high 18 points
in the opening half, as top-ranked Duke used a dominating opening 20 minutes
to breeze past Seton Hall, 93-40, in the quarterfinals of the Preseason NIT at
Cameron Indoor Stadium.
DeMarcus Nelson added 16 points and Greg Paulus scored 12 for the Blue Devils
(2-0), who built a 30-point halftime lead to advance to the semifinals and a
matchup against either Sam Houston State or Drexel next Wednesday at Madison
Square Garden. Duke upended Boston University, 64-47, on Monday and will host
Davidson on Saturday before its trip to New York.
Brian Laing had 11 points for Seton Hall (1-1), which was dealt its second-
worst loss in school history. The Pirates, who beat Manhattan, 66-52, on
Monday, made just 4-of-31 shots in the opening half and trailed 43-13 at the
break. They finished the game at a 24.1 percent clip, connecting on 13-of-54
Conversely, Duke hit on 63.6 percent of its field goal tries, going 35-of-55.
That included a 10-for-18 performance from three-point range.
The loss by Seton Hall was its worst since a 118-54 thrashing by Cincinnati on
January 9, 1958.
The Pirates made their first shot of the game, a jumper by Stan Gaines, to
give them a 2-1 lead after 39 seconds elapsed. However, Duke scored the next
15 points and held Seton Hall without a field goal for nearly 15 minutes.
During that time, the Blue Devils built a 33-5 advantage, as they used a
suffocating defense and sharp shooting. Paulus and Redick hit consecutive
three-pointers to give Duke the lead at 7-2 and Redick converted a layup and
drilled another shot from beyond the arc to make it 14-2.
A dunk by DeMarcus Nelson extended the lead to 16-2 with 12:24 left in the
half. Seton Hall’s only points during their 14:50 drought without a field goal
came on two free throws from Gaines and a foul shot by Kelly Whitney.
Gaines finally scored on a layup with 4:31 left in the half, but the Pirates
were behind 33-7.
Duke shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) in the first half, including 6-of-9 from
three-point range with Redick leading the way by converting 4-of-5 shot from
beyond the arc.
The Blue Devils’ lead grew to 40 points on a three-pointer by Nelson with
14:35 remaining, to make the score 60-20. That was part of a 14-0 run, which
ended with Duke ahead 65-20 on another triple by Nelson with 12:35 remaining.
Duke’s advantage reached 50 at 81-31 on a three-pointer by Lee Melchionni with
The Blue Devils are 16-2 all-time in the Preseason NIT with championships in
1985 and 2000. Duke also finished as the runner-up in 1996 and in third place
in 1990. Duke has reached the semifinals of the Preseason NIT in all four
previous appearances in the tournament…Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski became just
the ninth head coach to win 650 games at one school…Duke has won 113 of its
last 119 games in Cameron Indoor Stadium…Duke is 7-1 all-time against Seton