Duke destroys UNC-Greensboro
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – Gerald Henderson scored 12 points on 6-for-11
shooting, as the 11th-ranked Duke Blue Devils downed the UNC-Greensboro
Spartans, 75-48, at Cameron Indoor Stadium for a non-conference clash.
David McClure and DeMarcus Nelson both netted 11 points for the Blue Devils
(3-0), who recently knocked off Georgia Southern by a 72-48 final in the
second round of the CBE Classic. The team will play its semifinal game of the
event on November 20th, and this contest served as a warm up for that tilt.
“I thought we did a really good job today,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
“Our kids played really, really hard. Some of the plays in the first half were
terrific. What happens sometimes for our team is we’re playing so hard
defensively that we get a turnover or a rebound we force some action that
Kyle Hines posted 17 points and eight rebounds for UNC-Greensboro (0-3), which
has lost both of its other games this season, including Monday’s 69-56 setback
against Penn State. Ricky Hickman added 12 points in the loss.
“Duke gave us a lot of problems tonight, with (Brian) Zoubek on that back
side,” UNC-Greensboro coach Mike Dement said. “He’s just so big and they threw
it up to him, or his offensive rebounds, we just didn’t have anybody to do
much with him one-on-one.”
Duke went on a 10-0 run capped by a McClure jam with 9:15 left in the first
half, and followed with another 10-0 spurt capped again by McClure’s score in
the paint with 2:13 to go for a 43-15 Duke advantage. The Blue Devils led,
45-20, at halftime.
The early advantage paid off for Duke, as the Blue Devils managed to barely
outscore the Spartans by two points in the second half, courtesy of a 12-4
Spartans spurt to start the second half that was capped by a Hickman free
throw with 14:44 remaining.
UNCG finished 18-for-57 (31.6 percent) from the field, while Duke was 31-
for-58 (53.4 percent). The Blue Devils outrebounded the Spartans, 41-31.
Duke owns a 7-0 advantage in the all-time series with UNC-Greensboro,
including a 102-69 romp in 2005.