Golden Eagles soar past Duke for CBE Classic title
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – Dominic James is a year older and it
showed, outplaying Duke’s freshman class to the tune of 25 points and seven
assists to lead No. 13 Marquette to the CBE Classic title with a 73-62 victory
over the ninth-ranked Blue Devils.
The Big East Rookie of the Year a season ago and CBE Classic MVP looked poised
and polished up against a Duke squad full of talented, but unproven players
just getting their feet wet in a big-game atmosphere.
Duke had 19 turnovers, including a surprising six from team co-captain Greg
Paulus, while Marquette only had nine turnovers.
Jerel McNeal was James’ feisty compatriot, totaling 17 points with six
rebounds and six steals. Marquette had 10 steals on the night.
Josh McRoberts led Duke (4-1) with 15 points and DeMarcus Nelson had 13 for
the Blue Devils, who shot 33.3 percent in the second half, one night after
lighting Municipal Auditorium on fire with 61 percent shooting in the first
half against Air Force.
Nelson was 5-of-12, but McRoberts needed 16 shots (4-of-16 shooting) to record
his team-leading point total. Lance Thomas was the high freshman for Duke with
nine points and seven rebounds.
The scrappy Golden Eagles (6-0) picked up a statement win for their program,
outworking Duke to the majority of loose balls during the game-defining six-
minute stretch in the second half.
With the game tied at 56-56 and just after six minutes to play, James took
The guard scored 10 points in approximately 2 1/2 minutes, showing the full
assortment of offensive moves from the pull-up three-pointer in transition to
the smooth stroke from the charity stripe.
Marquette scored 11 straight points from just under the six-minute mark as
Duke went scoreless for over four minutes. David Cubillan’s two free throws
made the score 69-58 with just over one minute left.
The Blue Devils missed five straight shots during that stretch and never
Nelson was on fire early in the contest, scoring 10 of his 13 points over a
two-minute span in the game’s first six minutes.
A three-pointer, a dunk of a great look by McRoberts and another trey gave
Duke a 15-8 lead with just over 14 minutes left in the half.
Marquette responded, however, scoring six straight to draw within one. The
game went back and forth for the remainder of the first 20 minutes with
neither team giving an inch.
James’ jumper with about 20 ticks left gave Marquette its 34-32 lead heading
into the locker room.
Duke was 10-of-10 from the charity stripe in the second half…Paulus fouled
out with just seven points and two assists over 32 minutes…In addition to
James, the all-tournament team included Texas Tech’s Jarrius Jackson, Air
Force’s Matt McCraw, James’ teammate McNeal and Nelson…The game featured
eight ties and six lead changes…Marquette scored 25 points off turnovers.