Thursday, November 4, 2010
Duke wins matchup of champions
DURHAM, N.C. -- Kyle Singler scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 1 Duke beat Cal Poly Pomona 81-60 on Thursday night in an exhibition matchup of reigning national champions from different divisions.
Miles Plumlee added 14 points and freshman Kyrie Irving had 13 for the Blue Devils, who say they plan to play at a faster pace this season. They shot 48 percent, forced 21 turnovers, led by 31 points and outscored the Broncos 34-10 during the first 11½ minutes of the second half.
Nolan Smith scored 12 points, and Mason Plumlee added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Duke.
The Blue Devils led 39-33 at halftime but turned up the pressure and held Cal Poly Pomona to three field goals during the game-breaking run.
That burst was marked by consecutive alley-oop dunks by Ryan Kelly and Smith. Irving capped it with a layup, making it 73-43 with 8:42 left. Andre Dawkins then gave Duke its largest lead a minute later when his layup stretched it to 76-45.
Tobias Jahn scored 15 points and gave the Broncos their only lead with a layup off the opening tip. Dwayne Fells had 12 and Matt Rosser added 10.
The game was billed as "Champs vs. Champs" because it matched the reigning champions from Division I and Division II. Duke beat Butler last April for its fourth national championship, while Cal Poly Pomona claimed its first lower-level crown by topping Indiana, Pa.