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November 4, 2009 Issue 11
Blue Devils Seek Fourth Straight Win On Saturday
Thaddeus Lewis wants to ring the Victory Bell.
It is something the senior quarterback has never had a chance to do since he arrived on Duke’s campus.
Duke Posts 84-48 Exhibition Win Over Findlay
“I haven’t beaten them since I’ve been here,” Lewis said. “It would mean a lot to get the bell back, and have the
bragging rights to go out with a win against [North] Carolina.”
Junior Kyle Singler posted a game-high 20 points
None of the current players on the Duke roster has been able to claim the bell as their own. Not since 2003, be-
and senior Jon Scheyer added 19 points to pace the Blue
fore the current crop of seniors arrived at Duke, have the Blue Devils (5-3, 3-1) defeated their rival North Carolina (5-3,
Devils to an 84-48 win over Findlay on Tuesday night at
Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Back in 2003, the Blue Devils edged the Tar Heels 30-22 in Chapel Hill. It is the last time the Victory Bell has made
“Tonight was a good game for us,” said head coach
Durham its home.
Mike Krzyzewski. “One of the reasons we scheduled Find-
To get it back Duke will once again have to travel to Chapel Hill to claim the historic prize.
lay was because they have so much pride in their program
“You are going on the road in a hostile environment and to get a win over there would be huge,” Lewis said. “We
and they’re very well coached. I was pleased. I thought
know it is not going to be easy. They are not going to give us anything. It is going to be tough.”
overall we did a good job tonight.”
“It is up to us to go out and make sure we can get a win.”
Singler went 8-of-12 from the floor, including 5-of-5
Saturday’s contest is scheduled for a 3:30
in the second half, while also grabbing nine rebounds and
p.m. kickoff from Kenan Stadium and will be
dishing out four assists.
televised on ESPNU.
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Duke jumped out to a 36-25 halftime lead as Singler
“I’m sure it will be a great atmosphere – a
and Scheyer combined for 17 points and the Blue Devil
tough atmosphere for us – but a great atmo-
Duke Student-Athlete of the Week
defense limited Findlay to 9-of-36 (25.0 percent) shooting
sphere,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “I
from the field.
think it’s interesting that this is the first time that
Thaddeus Lewis earned this
week’s honor after rallying Duke
Junior Nolan Smith, who sat ouf the opening 20
this hasn’t been the final game. That adds a little
from a pair of fourth quarter deficits
minutes of action, sparked a 48-25 second half surge. He
fuel to the fire with so much on the line for both
for a 28-17 win at Virginia.
scored seven points and dished out three assists in 12
teams. It’s a big, big deal.”
Lewis completed 24-of-40
minutes of play in the second half. It was announced on
Both schools enter into Saturday’s game passes for 343 yards and one touch-
Tuesday that Smith will serve a two-game suspension for
with momentum on their side. down against a Cavalier defense
violating rules pertaining to summer league participation.
The Blue Devils have notched three straight
that entered the game ranking first
The Blue Devils dominated the paint and the boards for
wins, the most recent a come-from-behind 28-17
in the ACC and fifth nationally in
the second straight exhibition game, posting a 42-22 points
victory over Virginia. All three wins during the
passing defense by allowing 151.3
yards per game.
in the paint advantage and a 59-38 rebounding edge over
streak have been against ACC opponents, a feat
With Duke trailing 17-12 and
the Oilers. Duke’s starting frontcourt of Miles Plumlee (9
not accomplished by Duke since 1994, leaving
5:36 left in the fourth quarter, he
points, 10 rebounds), Brian Zoubek (9 points, 9 rebounds)
Duke to control its own destiny for a chance to
engineered a five-play, 67-yard drive
and Lance Thomas (8 points, 9 rebounds) combined for
play in the ACC Championship game. that gave the Blue Devils the lead
26 points and 28 rebounds on the night.
The Tar Heels on the other hand won their for good. On third-and-nine, Lewis
first ACC game of the season Thursday night
connected with freshman Conner
Freshman Mason Plumlee came off the bench to
defeating No. 14 Virginia Tech 20-17.
Vernon for a game-winning 42-yard
record six points, four rebounds, three assists and five
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touchdown pass at the 3:45 mark of
the final period.
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