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NCAA Game Summary - Duke vs. Davidson



(Wednesday, January 2nd)

Final Score: (1) Duke 67, Davidson 50

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Ryan Kelly led a balanced attack with 18 points and seven rebounds, as top-ranked Duke rolled into ACC play with a 67-50 victory over Davidson.

Quinn Cook added 15 points and early-season All-American candidate Mason Plumlee contributed 10 points and seven rebounds for Duke (13-0), which used a suffocating defense to remain unbeaten on the season.

"For our guys to go 13-0 with our nonconference schedule is just magnificent," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "It's terrific."

Jake Cohen led Davidson (7-6) with 19 points and eight rebounds, while De'Mon Brooks posted eight points and 12 rebounds in defeat. The Wildcats missed their first five shots of the second half along with three turnovers as part of a season-low point total.

The Wildcats didn't shot particularly well in the opening half, but they controlled the pace and locked down the Blue Devils defensively. Chris Czerapowicz's 3-pointer gave Davidson a 14-11 lead nearly eight minutes in, but Duke regained its footing and claimed a 29-24 lead after Kelly's trey with just under three minutes to go.

The Blue Devils didn't score for the remainder of the half, and Davidson knotted the contest on Brooks' layup with just under one minute remaining.

Davidson couldn't find its shooting stroke in the early stages of the second half, as it took the Wildcats just over six minutes to find the bottom of the basket on Czerapowicz's jumper. In the meantime, Duke scored the half's first 12 points and even Czerapowicz's bucket left the Blue Devils with a double- digit edge, 41-31.

"We had nine empty possessions in a six-minute period," Davidson head coach Bob McKillop said. "That's when they made their run and that's why they're No. 1."

The margin grew to 15 points at 48-33 on Tyler Thornton's 3-pointer, but the veteran Wildcats didn't wilt, making four straight shots after the barren start to close within 50-42 on Cohen's long-range bucket.

Davidson didn't get enough defensive stops down the stretch and never got closer than 10 down the stretch.

Game Notes

Duke leads the lengthy series, 89-17. This is the most played non-conference rivalry in Duke history ... Duke has reeled off 24 straight wins over the Wildcats ... The Blue Devils were outrebounded, 34-33, but held Davidson to 30 percent shooting ... Duke started 13-0 for the eighth time in school history.

01/03 02:17:09 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
4th
ORL 68
CHA 72
 
Final
PHI 2
UTA 6
 
Final
CHI 86
LAC 96
Final
HOU 105
CLE 103
4th
ORL 68
CHA 72
 
4th
BOS 94
GSW 96
 
4th
IND 73
PHI 64
 
4th
SAC 75
POR 85
 
3rd
LAL 57
OKC 64
 
8:00pm Tonight
DEN
NOP
Final
NIAG 57
FAIR 56
 
Final
PETE 68
IONA 60
 
Final
RIDE 59
MAR 49
 
Final
MAN 69
QUIN 65
 
Final
UCONN 81
SMU 73
Final
CAL 73
ORST 56
Final
HOU 72
SFLA 55
Final
PROV 77
MARQ 66
Final
WISC 68
MSU 61
Final
MON 63
SIENA 57
 
2nd
WAKE 51
PITT 55
 
Half
STAN 30
OREG 36
 
1st
OSU 14
PURD 11
 
8:30pm Tonight
COL
ARST
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UCLA
WASU
Final
WIN 5
LOS 2
Final
PIT 5
CLB 3
Final
FLA 4
TAM 3
1st Intermission
WAS 1
TOR 0
 
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DAL
ANA
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VAN
STL