Sunday, November 14, 2010

Duke Crushes Princeton at home, 97-60

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
The Duke Blue Devils (1-0) came into the game defending their National title won a year ago after defeating the Butler Bulldogs.

The Blue Devils started the season with the pesky Princeton Tigers (1-1) that are coming off a win against Rutgers in their season-opener.

However, the momentum did not carry over into Cameron Indoor Stadium.

After acquiring a 42-28 halftime lead, Duke picked things up and opened their title defense with a 97-60 win.

Kyrie Irving, the freshman guard, had the most impressive night accumulating 17 points, nine assist, four rebounds, two steals, and turned the ball over one time.

The Blue Devils had five players in double-figures with Seth Curry, the transfer from Liberty coming up with 14 along with Andre Dawkins 12 off the bench.

Nolan Smith lead all scorers with 22 points, and Kyle Singler added 16 points.

However, more impressively the Blue Devils defense forced 27 turnovers, 17 coming in the first half, which resulted in many fast break points.

The Blue Devils also hit 14-of-26 three point attempts, and ended the game shooting 53 percent from beyond the arc.

Princeton picked up their first loss of the season, and continues to allow a lot of scoring. There were two players in double-figures for Princeton, both Ian Hummer and Dan Mavraides; Hummer with 14, and Mavraides lead Princeton with 16.

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