Scheyer and Duke pound NC State
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) – Jon Scheyer poured in 20 points and DeMarcus
Nelson chipped in with 15 as 14th-ranked Duke cruised to a 79-56 rout of North
Josh McRoberts and Greg Paulus each contributed 13 points for the Blue Devils
(16-3, 3-2 ACC), who have won three straight conference games after suffering
back-to-back losses to ACC-foes Miami-Florida and Wake Forest.
Brandon Costner posted 20 points and 10 boards for the Wolfpack (11-7, 1-4),
who have dropped three of four.
The Blue Devils’ suffocating defense forced 16 first half turnovers by NC
State that led to 18 points as Duke took a commanding 41-25 lead into the
Duke was all over the Wolfpack from the start with Nelson draining a three to
ignite a 15-2 run that was capped by back-to-back layups by Paulus that gave
the Blue Devils an 18-5 advantage with 12:47 left in the half.
Costner’s layup brought NC State within 30-22 with just over four minutes left
to play before Duke finished the half strong. Scheyer converted two from the
charity stripe as the Blue Devils ripped off 11 straight points to grab a
41-22 lead on Gerald Henderson’s dunk.
Gavin Grant’s drained a three at the buzzard to cut the Wolfpack’s deficit to
41-25 at the break but any momentum gained by NC State was short lived in the
A Dennis Horner layup followed by two Grant free throws brought the Wolfpack
within 46-34 just under four minutes into the half before Duke put the game
away with a 10-0 run. Nelson and Scheyer nailed back-to-back three’s to cap
the spurt and give the Blue Devils a 56-34 lead with 15 minutes left in the
Duke led by as much as 26 down the stretch to coast to the easy victory.
Duke leads the all-time series with NC State, 132-95, having won nine of the
last 11 road games against the Wolfpack…Duke shot 53 percent from the floor,
while NC State shot just 34 percent.