Friday, March 20, 2009

DUKE OFF AND RUNNING AGAINST BINGHAMPTON

No. 2 DUKE 86, No. 15 BINGHAMPTON 62 - Jon "Crazy Face" Scheyer led the way with 15 points, Lance Thomas added 14 and Gerald Henderson and Nolan Smith had 13 apiece for the Blue Devils (29-6) as they shot 49 percent for the game.

The Blue Devils used a huge run to open the second half to easily advance to a second-round matchup with seventh-seeded Texas on Saturday.

D.J. Rivera scored 20 points for Binghamton (23-9). The program from upstate New York that jumped to Division I in 2001 and won the America East tournament ultimately was no match for Coach K's boys.

Elliot Williams had 11 points and Kyle Singler added 10 as Duke solved the Bearcats' high-pressure defense in plenty of time to cruise to their most lopsided NCAA tournament victory since a 28-point rout of Seton Hall in the second round in 2004.

The win was an emphatic reversal of results for a decorated program that entered having lost three of its last four NCAA tournament games - and needed some dramatic play to secure its only victory in that period, a down-to-the-wire escape against 15th-seeded Belmont in the last year's first round.

The efficient Duke offense that lit up Florida State for a season-high 12 three-pointers in the ACC tournament championship game re-emerged against the Bearcats' high-pressure defense.

Duke scored 24 points off Binghamton's 18 turnovers, was 21-of-25 from the stripe and established a 38-20 rebounding advantage. Meanwhile, the Bearcats spent much of the night in foul trouble and were just 1-of-5 from the line.

Tiki Mayben scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half and Reggie Fuller added 12 points for the Bearcats, whose 11-game winning streak was snapped in spite of shooting 53 percent from the field.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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