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November 16, 2006

No. 11 Duke routes UNC-Greensboro 75-48

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DURHAM, N.C. -Brian Zoubek scored 17 points off the bench to lead No. 11 Duke to a 75-48 rout of North Carolina-Greensboro on Thursday night.

Gerald Henderson had 12 points, and David McClure and DeMarcus Nelson added 11 apiece for the Blue Devils (3-0), who never trailed. Duke shot 53 percent from the field while holding the Spartans to 32 percent shooting.

Kyle Hines scored 17 points, reaching double figures for the 24th straight game. Ricky Hickman added 12 points for UNC-Greensboro (0-3), which fell to 0-18 against ranked teams since moving to Division I in 1991-92.

Duke won its 43rd consecutive non-conference home game, while the Spartans lost their 14th straight road game dating to last season.

The Blue Devils took most of the drama out of this one early, shooting 56 percent in the first half and leading by as many as 28.

UNC-Greensboro returned all five starters from the team that lost 102-69 to Duke last season in Greensboro, though only three of them were in the lineup this time. Hickman had 23 points and Hines added 20 in last year's game, but that experience didn't seem to help much this time.

Duke scored the first nine points, and then reeled off 10 consecutive points during a McClure-led 20-5 run midway through the half.

McClure had eight points during the run, which was capped by Zoubek's three-point play at the 5:30 mark which made it 33-13.

The Blue Devils took their biggest lead of the half when McClure's layup made it 43-15 with about 2 minutes left in the half.

UNC-Greensboro missed nine of its first 11 shots and shot just 23 percent in a miserable opening 20 minutes. But the Spartans showed a little spark shortly after halftime, using a 13-2 run to pull within 16.

They closed to 14 when Kevin Oleksiak's 3-pointer with 10:51 to play made it 54-40, but the Blue Devils pulled away down the stretch for their 43rd consecutive home non-conference victory.

The Blue Devils improved to 6-0 all-time against UNC-Greensboro, which is coached by former Duke assistant Mike Dement.

For more coverage of Duke, visit DevilsIllustrated.com.



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