No. 7 Duke tops Long Beach State 84-63
By JOEDY McCREARY
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Jon Scheyer scored
22 points, Nolan Smith added 19 and No. 7 Duke beat Long Beach State
84-63 on Tuesday night.
Kyle Singler added 14 points for the
Blue Devils (10-1), who led by 26 points, shot 47.1 percent, blocked a
season-high 10 shots and were 15 of 26 from 3-point range.
Larry Anderson scored 14 points for
Long Beach State (6-7), which couldn’t get closer than 13 points in the
second half and lost its third straight. The 49ers have been beaten by
four Top Ten opponents so far.
Senior big men Lance Thomas and Brian
Zoubek had 10 points apiece for Duke, which went up by double figures
to stay before the 49ers made their third field goal and went on to win
its fourth straight. The Blue Devils showed little rust from the
nine-day break that followed their 35-point rout of Gonzaga and
extended a few streaks at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke – which had only one previous
home game decided by fewer than 25 points – has won 75 straight
nonconference games at Cameron, 35 in a row here against unranked teams
and 48 straight at home in December.
The backcourt of Scheyer and Smith,
who combined for 44 points in the Gonzaga rout, did it again this time.
They were a combined 15 of 32 from the field, had 10 3s between them
and helped the Blue Devils pick up a few strength-of-schedule points
against a tested Long Beach State team.
One unofficial online replication of
the RPI formula determined that the 49ers played the nation’s toughest
schedule, having lost to No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Kentucky and No. 6 West
Virginia by an average of 23 points and failing to keep it closer than
13 against any of them.
Long Beach State was coming off an
86-73 loss to Kentucky in which the 49ers were tied at halftime, but
this time, the Blue Devils weren’t about to let them hang around nearly
Duke used a 27-7 run to build a 27-9
lead, with the burst highlighted by two 3s from Scheyer and an
impressive display of athleticism from Smith – who blocked Casper
Ware’s 3-pointer before hustling downcourt to take a pretty feed from
Singler and hitting a layup to push the Blue Devils’ lead into double
figures to stay.
That was just one in a bonanza of
blocks for Duke. With 5 minutes before the break, Long Beach State had
more shots blocked (seven) than made (five) – and that helps explain
why the 49ers managed just two field goals during a span of roughly 11
Conversely, there were times when the Blue Devils seemingly couldn’t miss from long range.
Six consecutive Duke field goals
late in the first half were 3s, including four in a 3 1/2-minute span
and two 26 seconds apart by freshman Andre Dawkins that stretched the
lead to 42-16 with just under 4 minutes left.
Updated December 29, 2009