Friday, February 20, 2009


No. 9 DUKE 76, ST. JOHNS 69 – The game wasn’t as close as the final score suggest as Duke had big leads most of the game. This rivalry is starting to look a little ragged around the edges, and one has to wonder how much longer this recently lopsided home-and-home will continue is the middle of both teams’ tough conference schedules?

The Blue Devils (21-5) looked more like the team that has spent the entire season in the top 10, including one week at No. 1, hitting 3-pointers and converting turnovers into points.

Gerald Henderson scored 19 points for the Blue Devils as the starters scored all but four points. Jon Scheyer had 18 points, Kyle Singler scored 15 and Lance Thomas added nine for Duke.

The Blue Devils finished 7 of 15 from behind the arc (46.7 percent), the first time since Jan. 24 they shot better than 33 percent from treyville. They were 3-for-16 in the loss to Boston College on Sunday.

D.J. Kennedy had 20 points for the Red Storm (12-14), who have lost five straight overall and six in a row to Duke. The Blue Devils have won 13 of the last 15 meetings and this win improves their record at Madison Square Garden in the series to 5-1.

The Devils led by as many as 16 points in the second half.

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