(March 27, 2010) – The South Region’s top-seeded Duke Blue Devils disposed of the Purdue Boilermakers, 70-57, at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on Friday, March 26.

Senior Kyle Singler led Duke with 24 points while junior Jon Scheyer recovered from a shaky start to post 18 points, including a few clutch baskets late in the game. Scheyer wasn’t the only Blue Devil to struggle early. Besides Singler’s 11 first half points, Duke shot 7-of-29 from the floor and committed 11 turnovers in the opening half but still led, 24-23, after Maryland native Nolan Smith’s half-time buzzer-beater gave them the lead.

Scheyer’s 18 points were the most he’s scored in any game in this year’s tournament. The junior shot 1-for-11 in Duke’s last game before rebounding against Purdue. Purdue (29-6) could’ve used the services of second-leading scorer Robbie Hummel, who tore his ACL in February and did not play.

Duke (32-5) will advance to play No. 3 seed Baylor (28-7) on Sunday,  March 28. Baylor dispatched lower-seeded St. Mary’s, 72-49, and their fast-breaking style could make for an entertaining battle against Duke, who are known to get out on the break and run as well.

With the win over Purdue, Duke improved to 40-8 all time as a No. 1 seed in the tournament.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO