7:45 PM ET, January 3, 2010
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
DURHAM, N.C. -- Seventh-ranked Duke didn't need long to make Clemson look as uncomfortable as ever in Cameron Indoor Stadium.While Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith each had big scoring games, it was the Blue Devils' lockdown first-half defense that put the Tigers (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) in a big hole on the way to a 74-53 win Sunday night.The victory extended Clemson's misery in Cameron -- 15 years and counting -- while giving the Blue Devils a comfortable win against a team picked to finish near the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
• Nolan Smith (22 points) topped 20 for the third time in his last four games.
• Clemson was outscored 30-12 in the first half and shot just 16.7 percent from the field (5 for 30) in that span.
• Duke has now won four of its last five games against ranked opponents while Clemson has lost eight of its last nine conference games against ranked foes.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||16-49 (.327)||24-48 (.500)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-16 (.188)||6-18 (.333)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-24 (.750)||20-25 (.800)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|