DURHAM, N.C. – Presbyterian College’s men’s basketball team fell 80-49 on Monday in their first ever meeting with the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils before a crowd of 9,314 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game was part of the opening round of the 2008 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
Al'Lonzo Coleman (
In his first regular season outing for PC, freshman Bo King (
Point guard Pierre Miller (Warner Robbins, Ga./Warner Robbins) collected a career-high seven rebounds in the game with Duke. Miller also scored seven points and dished out a team-high three assists.
Reigning ACC Rookie of the Year Kyle Singler was one of four Blue Devils to finish in double digits. Singler produced the only double-double in the contest, scoring 19 points and acquiring 10 boards.
Duke sophomore Nolan Smith scored 15 in the game, while Jon Scheyer was 5-for-9 for the Blue Devils from the field en route to 12 points. Junior Lance Thomas was the final Blue Devil in double figures with 12.
The Blue Devils ended their night shooting 47.6 percent (30-for-63) from the field. PC was 16-for-53 (30.2 percent) from the field.
The Blue Hose won the tip and took full advantage with Coleman scoring on a lay-up in the opening minute.
Duke would tie the game at 2-2 shortly thereafter, but both teams would go cold over the next few minutes with the score still tied at 2-2 at the first media timeout at the mark of the first half. PC was 1-for-6 from the field at the first stoppage of play, while Duke was 1-for-7. Duke proceeded to go on an 11-4 run to take a 13-6 lead at the second media timeout.
The Blue Hose got as close as six at 17-11, but Duke got hot, going on a 19-0 run to take a 36-11 lead. The Blue Hose were held scoreless for almost six minutes during the stretch. King knocked down PC’s first three of the game to end the drought for the Blue Hose and set the game at 36-14. The three was the first points of a 7-2 run for PC that pulled them back to within 20 points at 38-18.
Duke ended the half on an 8-4 run to enter intermission on top by 24 points at 46-22.
The Blue Devils (1-0) concluded the first half 16-for-33 (48.4 percent) from the field, while PC was 8-for-24 (33.6 percent) from the floor.
The Blue Hose and Blue Devils kept it close over the first 10 minutes of the second half with PC outscoring Duke 19-16 over the first 10 minutes to sit behind by 23 at 62-41 with left in the contest.
The would prove to be as close as the Blue Hose would be able to get with the Blue Devils pulling away in the final 10 minutes for the 31-point victory.
The Blue Hose (0-1) will now play