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Men: This time, Blue Devils avoid any suspense

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Published November 28, 2004

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke got the tuneup it needed before facing Michigan State.

Shelden Williams had 16 points and 11 rebounds Saturday night, one of six Blue Devils in double figures in a 98-44 rout of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Daniel Ewing and J.J. Redick also scored 16 for No. 9 Duke, which built a 20-point lead midway through the first half and was never challenged by its neighbor from the Southern Conference.

It was a good way to rebound from an off night in last week's 74-61 win against Davidson, also from the Southern Conference. And for a team that went in shooting 41 percent, it was a confidence boost before hosting the No. 10 Spartans on Tuesday night.

"We wanted to use this game as a way to gain momentum for the rest of the week," Redick said.

The Blue Devils, who had won the past four meetings with UNC-Greensboro by an average of nearly 39 points, shot 53 percent, hit 15 3-pointers and used their superior size and athleticism to smother the Spartans.

Duke held the Spartans to 30 percent shooting, and by the time it was over UNC-Greensboro had more turnovers (24) than field goals (18).

ARKANSAS 79, GARDNER-WEBB 63: Eric Ferguson scored 13 of his team-high 16 in the second half as the host Razorbacks overcame a sluggish first half to improve to 4-0.

AUBURN 79, LA. TECH 67: Ian Young scored 22 and made 5 of 8 3-pointers, leading the host Tigers.

W. VA. 84, LSU 69: Tyrone Sally scored 22 to help the visiting Mountaineers hand the Tigers their first loss of the season.

S. CAROLINA 60, TEMPLE 46: Senior forward Carlos Powell scored 16 of his game-high 22 in the first half as the host Gamecocks raced to a 16-point lead.

ARIZ. ST. 87, VANDY 68: Ike Diogu had 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Sun Devils in the third-place game of the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational.


ORAL ROBERTS 55, SAINT LOUIS 54: Ken Tutt scored 20 and hit the winning 3-pointer from well beyond the arc with 10.5 seconds left as the Golden Eagles spoiled the Billikens' home opener.

UC 79, PURDUE 59: Armein Kirkland scored 16 to lead six players in double figures for the Bearcats in the John Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis.

MARQUETTE 95, OAKLAND (MICH.) 87: Dameon Mason scored 21 of his 26 in the second half and added 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Golden Eagles.

SO. MISS. 100, MCNEESE ST. 77: Rashaad Carruth scored 19 and the host Golden Eagles shot 64.4 percent to win their third straight under coach Larry Eustachy.

TULANE 84, PRAIRIE VIEW 63: Quincy Davis had 19 points, five rebounds and two blocks, and the host Green Wave outscored the Panthers 48-10 in the paint.

HOUSTON 95, GRAMBLING ST. 52: Andre Owens scored 26 and Dwight Jones II 15 for the host Cougars.

UAB 79, VCU 55: Donell Taylor had 20 points and the host Blazers held the Rams scoreless for the first six minutes.

TEXAS A&M-C.C. 85, TCU 79: Corey Lamkin scored a career-high 27 for the Islanders at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times Challenge.

NIU 84, DePAUL 69: Paige Paulsen scored 19 and Todd Peterson had 12 of his 15 in the second half to lead the visiting Huskies.

CHARLOTTE 85, VALPARAISO 77: Brendan Plavich scored 21, all on 3-pointers, for the visiting 49ers.


NIAGARA 102, ST. JOHN'S 81: Juan Mendez scored 34, 21 in the first half when the host Purple Eagles dominated.

RUTGERS 66, ST. MARY'S (CALIF.) 58: Quincy Douby scored 21 and hit the basket that put the Scarlet Knights ahead to stay in their home opener.

SAINT JOSEPH'S 76, DAVIDSON 61: Chet Stachitas scored a career-high 25 and Dwayne Lee added 13 as the Hawks bounced back from an opening 91-51 loss at Kansas.

OKLAHOMA 67, MINNESOTA 54: Kevin Bookout and Terrell Everett scored 13 each as the Sooners claimed third place in the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage.

OHIO ST. 84, CHATTANOOGA 67: J.J. Sullinger scored 21 and the host Buckeyes made 17 of 35 3-points, school records for 3s made and attempted.

PENN ST. 69, SACRED HEART 61: Aaron Johnson had 18 points and 20 rebounds, and the host Nittany Lions held the Pioneers without a field goal for nearly 81/2 minutes in the second half.

INDIANA 64, W. ILL. 60: D.J. White converted a three-point play with 35.9 seconds left, and freshmen scored 16 straight in the final 10 minutes for the host Hoosiers.

NEBRASKA 78, TEXAS SO. 58: Jason Dourisseau scored 14 of his 18 in the first half as the host Cornhuskers opened an early double-digit lead.

IOWA ST. 62, BUCKNELL 55: Curtis Stinson scored 22 and Iowa State struggled through a sluggish game to win its Cyclone Challenge for the ninth time in 10 years.

KANSAS ST. 62, WASH. ST. 53: Fred Peete scored a career-high 18 and Jeremiah Massey had 10 of his 15 in the second half as the host Wildcats rallied.

TEXAS A&M 98, TEXAS-PERMIAN BASIN 36: Acie Law had 18 points to lead five players in double figures in the host Aggies' most lopsided win in school history.

TEXAS TECH 93, CENTENARY 41: Jarrius Jackson scored 22 and Ronald Ross 17 for the host Red Raiders.

UCLA 76, UC IRVINE 65: Aaron Afflalo scored four of his 14 in the final 3:03 and Dijon Thompson hit three free throws with 52 seconds left for the Bruins, 3-0 for the first time since 1999-2000.

CAL 67, BYU 64: Richard Midgley scored 15 as the Bears snapped the Cougars' 18-game home winning streak.

OREGON 89, MARSHALL 69: Freshman Bryce Taylor scored 18 to lead five players in double figures for the Ducks in the neutral-site game in Charleston, W.Va.

COACH TIES DEAN: McKendree College coach Harry Statham tied Dean Smith's record of 879 career wins with the NAIA's Bearcats' 78-69 victory over host Freed-Hardeman.

PURDUE: Sophomore forward Ije Nwankwo left the team because he was unhappy with his role.

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