Duke routs Miami
Coral Gables, FL (Sports Network) – Freshman guard Jon Scheyer posted a
season-high 25 points as the 11th-ranked Duke Blue Devils trounced Miami,
85-63, at BankUnited Center.
Scheyer was 4-of-6 from the three-point arc and a perfect 11-of-11 from the
charity stripe for Duke (14-3, 1-2 ACC), which put the brakes on a two-game
skid. Greg Paulus contributed 15 points, DeMarcus Nelson had 14, and Josh
McRoberts donated 11 in the effort. David McClure also had a game-high 11
Brian Asbury was only one of two Miami (9-9, 3-3) players in double-figures,
scoring 19 points. Anthony Harris had 14 points while Denis Clemente added
nine in a losing effort. The Hurricanes have dropped two of three and five of
their last six contests.
Nelson paced Duke early on, knocking down four of the team’s first five
baskets as the Blue Devils jumped out to an 11-5 lead. The Hurricanes then
responded with a brief 6-2 run and trailed 13-11 with 13:17 remaining in the
A back-and-forth battle ensued before Duke opened an 11-point margin at 7:47.
Paulus’ trey capped a 14-5 spurt and the Blue Devils led 30-19.
Scheyer did the rest of the damage in the opening 20 minutes, finishing the
front half with 15 points, including a three-point shot and a pair of free
throws in the final three minutes as Duke held a 49-40 edge at intermission.
The Blue Devils made 17 of their first 21 shots overall, good for 81 percent
shooting, including 6-of-8 from the three-point arc.
Duke also came out firing in the second half, opening a commanding 61-44 lead
with 15:48 remaining in the game.
The offensive on both sides then went cold, as Scheyer’s trey was the only
score for either team over the next three minutes before Paulus hit a layup to
extend the Blue Devil advantage to 22. Dwayne Collins finally stopped
the bleeding with a free throw for Miami, but couldn’t connect on the second
The Hurricanes never pulled closer than 15 the rest of the way, while Scheyer
capped the scoring with a pair of free throws with 1:19 to play.
Duke shot 68 percent from the floor, while Miami finished at 49 percent…The
Blue Devils converted on 7-of-13 shots from three-point land…Duke also won
the battle of the boards by a healthy margin, 32-16.