Blue Devils blast Tigers in Durham


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Duke forward Kyle Singler is fouled by Clemson forward David Potter. (Photos: Lance King/Icon SMI)

DURHAM, NC – It may have been a case of revenge, or it may have been a case of one team having an off night while the opponent was on fire.

The reasons didn’t really matter in the end, however, as the 7th-ranked Duke Blue Devils snapped 21st-ranked Clemson’s six-game winning streak with a convincing 74-53 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the ACC opener for both schools.

The win for the Blue Devils over the Tigers snapped a two game winning streak in the series for Clemson, with Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith scoring 22 points each for Duke (12-1, 1-0 ACC), which improved to 9-0 at home this season. Kyle Singler also added 16 points for Duke.

Demontez Stitt led the Tigers (12-3, 0-1) with 17 points, while Jerai Grant came off the bench to score 11 points. The Tigers struggled the entire contest to get the ball inside to senior forward Trevor Booker, who had 10 points in the defeat.

The Tigers took an early 4-2 lead just a few moments into the game, but Duke scored the next 10 points.

The Tigers climbed back to within 14-10 on a Tanner Smith layup, but an ensuing 11-0 run by Duke built a 15-point advantage with just over 2 ½ minutes remaining in the half.

Noel Johnson stopped the burst with a jumper to make it 25-12, but Duke scored the final five points of the period, as a Scheyer free throw provided a 30-12 halftime margin.

The Tigers came out of the locker room determined to get back into the game, beginning the second half on an 11-0 run, and trimming their deficit to just seven on a Booker three-point play. That was as close as they got, though, as Duke answered with a crippling 12-2 run that effectively ended any chance of a Tiger comeback.

Scheyer ended Clemson's run and began the Blue Devils' surge with a jumper at the three-minute mark, and he finished it with a three-pointer for a 42-25 game three minutes later.

Duke shot 52.2 percent from the field and held the Tigers to a 30.2 percent mark in the game, the Tigers’ 13th consecutive defeat in Durham. The Tigers also posted a first-half scoring output and shooting percentage that each ranked as the worst under seventh-year coach Oliver Purnell. They also finished with as many fouls as points in the first half, with their 12 fouls equaling their point total.

The Tigers return to action this Saturday when they host the Boston College Eagles in a 4 p.m. game at Littlejohn Coliseum. The game will be broadcast live on Raycom.


VISITORS: Clemson 12-3, 0-1 ACC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
15 Potter, David....... f  1-3    1-3    1-2    1  1  2   4   4  0  1  0  0  19
35 Booker, Trevor...... f  4-11   0-2    2-3    1  4  5   1  10  3  2  1  1  36
45 Grant, Jerai........ f  3-4    0-0    5-7    1  2  3   5  11  0  2  2  3  24
02 Stitt, Demontez..... g  4-10   1-3    8-9    1  3  4   3  17  2  3  0  0  32
05 Smith, Tanner....... g  1-8    0-3    2-3    2  2  4   3   4  1  1  0  0  27
01 Johnson, Noel.......    2-5    1-4    0-0    0  1  1   2   5  0  1  0  1  17
10 Baciu, Catalin......    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
11 Young, Andre........    0-2    0-1    0-0    1  1  2   4   0  1  0  0  1  21
21 Narcisse, Bryan.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
24 Jennings, Milton....    0-2    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  3  0  1   6
31 Booker, Devin.......    1-3    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   2   2  0  3  0  1  13
32 Hill, Donte.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
   TEAM................                         1  3  4             1
   Totals..............   16-49   3-16  18-24  10 19 29  24  53  7 17  3  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  5-30 16.7%   2nd Half: 11-19 57.9%   Game: 32.7%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-9   0.0%   2nd Half:  3-7  42.9%   Game: 18.8%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-2  100 %   2nd Half: 16-22 72.7%   Game: 75.0%   2,2


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HOME TEAM: Duke 12-1, 1-0 ACC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
12 Kyle Singler........ f  6-12   1-4    3-4    3  5  8   2  16  1  3  2  1  40
21 Miles Plumlee....... f  2-2    0-0    3-3    1  4  5   4   7  0  1  0  0  20
42 Lance Thomas........ f  2-4    0-0    0-0    0  4  4   2   4  0  2  0  0  29
02 Nolan Smith......... g  7-11   2-5    6-8    0  1  1   2  22  3  3  0  1  38
30 Jon Scheyer......... g  6-13   3-8    7-8    0  2  2   1  22  6  3  0  3  38
05 Mason Plumlee.......    1-4    0-0    1-2    2  3  5   2   3  1  2  1  0  11
20 Andre Dawkins.......    0-2    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  0  1  0  0   5
34 Ryan Kelly..........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
55 Brian Zoubek........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   5   0  1  0  0  1  18
   TEAM................                            4  4
   Totals..............   24-48   6-18  20-25   6 27 33  19  74 12 15  3  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-23 39.1%   2nd Half: 15-25 60.0%   Game: 50.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-6  33.3%   2nd Half:  4-12 33.3%   Game: 33.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 10-13 76.9%   2nd Half: 10-12 83.3%   Game: 80.0%    2


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Officials: Karl Hess, Mike Wood, Bob Donato
Technical fouls: Clemson-None. Duke-None.
Attendance: 9314
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Clemson.......................   12   41  -   53
Duke..........................   30   44  -   74
DU - Zoubek fouled out at 5:24 in 2nd
CU - Grant fouled out at 58.8 in 2nd

Points in the paint-CU 26,DU 32. Points off turnovers-CU 11,DU 19.
2nd chance points-CU 5,DU 8. Fast break points-CU 4,DU 9.
Bench points-CU 7,DU 3. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-1 time.
Last FG-CU 2nd-01:26, DU 2nd-00:11.
Largest lead-CU by 2 1st-19:10, DU by 21 2nd-00:11.


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