Dec. 31, 2008
DURHAM, N.C.- Forwards Kyle Singler scored 20 points and Gerald Henderson added 19 to the the fifth-ranked Blue Devils to a 92-51 non-conference win over Loyola in a New Year's Eve day matinee Wednesday afternoon at sold-out Cameron Indoor Stadium. The win was the 66th straight for the Blue Devils against non-conference opponents at home.
The Blue Devils (11-1) scored the first eight points of the game and held an 18-5 lead six minutes into the contest as all five Duke starters registered points. When Henderson connected on Duke's only three-pointer of the game, the Blue Devils' lead had swelled to 30-12 with 8:52 remaining in the half. A Kyle Singler layup with four seconds remaining gave Duke a 48-23 lead at the intermission.
Duke continued to increase its lead in the second half, building it to 32 points at 59-27 four minutes into the final half. The Greyhounds (4-9) used a 9-4 run as five different players scored to close with 72-45 with nine minutes remaining. The Blue Devils would score seven straight and finish the game on a 20-6 run, holding Loyola without a field goal for the final four minutes of the game.
"It`s a real honor to be here and have this opportunity to play an nationally ranked team on national TV," Greyhounds fifth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the game. "A lot of people wanted to play in this game and I am thankful to Coach K and [Duke Associate AD] Mike Cragg for giving us this opportunity. For our kids, they will never forget this experience."
Duke's Brian Zoubek used his size advantage to make seven of 10 shots from the floor in posting a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jon Scheyer added 12 points and six assists. The Blue Devils shot 18 for 33 in each half, but made just one of their 12 three-point attempts.
For Loyola, sophomore guard Brian Rudolph was the only Greyhound in double figures with 13 points. Sophomore forward Isaac Reid added nine points off the bench and sophomore guard Jamal Barney scored eight points with a team-high seven rebounds.
The Greyhounds return to conference play this weekend with their annual trek to Western New York, visiting Canisius Saturday afternoon and 2 o'clock and Niagara on Monday night.