Blue Devils hold off Owls
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – Josh McRoberts scored a game-high 21 points,
pulled down nine rebounds and swatted four shots as fifth-ranked Duke overcame
a sluggish start to dispose of Temple, 73-55, at Cameron Indoor Stadium
DeMarcus Nelson added 14 points and 11 boards for the Blue Devils (12-1), who
won their ninth straight game and for the 51st consecutive time at home
against a non-conference opponent. Greg Paulus finished with 12 points on
perfect 4-of-4 shooting and freshman center Brian Zoubek contributed eight
points for Duke.
Dionte Christmas tallied 15 points but was jut 5-of-15 from the floor for the
Owls (6-6), who lost for the third time in four games. Dustin Salisbury
finished with 13 points while Mark Tyndale netted 11 and had eight rebounds.
The Owls stunned Duke with a 12-2 run to open the game. Christmas’ trey capped
the burst and served noticed that the highly-regarded Blue Devils were in for
Duke recovered, however, and started chipping away. Zoubek’s layup, with 5:53
left before the half, gave the Blue Devils their first lead of the game,
Paulus then capped the scoring in the frame by busting a three with 36 ticks
on the clock, giving Duke a 35-28 advantage heading to the locker room.
The Blue Devils pulled away in the second half. Temple continued to hang
around early in the stanza and trailed by just eight, 45-37, when Christmas
deposited a layup with 13:16 left.
But, Duke scored 11 of the game’s next 15 points to take control. Nelson
capped the flurry with a layup and the Blue Devils had a comfortable 15-point
cushion, 56-41, with just over nine minutes remaining.
About 4 1/2 minutes later, Paulus stuck the dagger in Temple’s heart with a
three from the right wing. The trey made it a 64-45 game and Duke eased to the
finish line from there.
Duke now leads the all-time series 16-9…The Blue Devils’ 51-game home
winning streak against non-conference opponents is the nation’s best…Duke
dominated the backboards and finished with a 49-28 advantage.