No. 6 Duke hangs on to beat St. John’s
Hardly anything fell for
Singler scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half, and the sixth-ranked
“We’re going to miss shots, but we don’t really want to focus too much on that, just because we know we’ve got guys that can rebound the ball,” Singler said. “One of the reasons why we had such a big lead in the first half was, our bigs did such a great job rebounding our misses and getting them back in the basket.”
“That’s like the guy who strikes out three times and pops up. In the bottom of the eighth, (with runners on) second and third, he gets a double,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We have a lot of developing to do as a basketball team, but I like the fact that we step up in tough situations.”
Indeed, Singler got hot just in time – scoring seven points during that spurt to lead
“We didn’t get outplayed,” coach Norm Roberts said. “If we play that hard, and we just focus in and make some baskets, we’ve got a chance.”
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But a pair of veterans – Thomas and Zoubek – came off the bench and wound up making a big difference in this one, scoring 11 points apiece and combining for 15 rebounds.
“The story was Lance and Brian,” Krzyzewski said. “They’ve been in the fight before.”
The 7-1 Zoubek had his second double-figure performance of the season while Thomas turned in a pair of impressive individual efforts early, knocking down a big baseline jumper seconds before drawing a charge to spark the Cameron crowd.
“We’ve definitely started to count on our bigs more, and they’re ready to play,” Smith said. “Whether it’s a penetrate and kick, or an inside-out, it will just make our offense a lot easier.”
“We knew they would make big shots,” Roberts said. “Scheyer and Singler made some big shots, and then Nolan got going and made some plays for them. You’re playing against good players, and that’s going to happen.”