DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Sixth-ranked Duke added more misery to St.
John's worst start in 81 seasons.
St. John's, which lost to Hofstra by 17 points earlier in the
week, last started 1-4 in the 1922-23 season.
Duke (5-1) didn't have its "A" game following a 22-point win
at Michigan State (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) on Wednesday night, but the Blue Devils
didn't really need it as St. John's self-destructed in the second half.
The Red Storm cut a 15-point first-half deficit to eight with
12˝ minutes left before falling apart with poor shot selection and
Daryll Hill missed a 3-pointer and a pull-up shot and the Red
Storm turned it over on three straight possessions over a
two-minute span to end any hopes of another upset over the Blue
St. John's pulled off a late-season surprise by beating Duke
72-71 last March in Madison Square Garden.
Randolph, who put on 35 pounds of muscle in the offseason, was
the key player in Duke's 14-4 surge to go up 65-47 with 8:10 left.
The 6-foot-10 center started the run with two free throws and
added two more from the foul line and two follow shots as Duke won
its 30th straight at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Meanwhile, Dockery finished with a career-high 12 points on
5-for-6 shooting. His previous best was 10 against Ohio State last
season as a freshman.
Hill led the Red Storm, who turned the ball over 21 times, with
Duke opened a working margin with an 11-0 run midway through the
first half. Five players scored in the spurt to give the Blue
Devils a 23-9 lead with 9˝ minutes left.
The closest St. John's could get the rest of the half was 39-28
at the break.