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No. 1 Duke Stays Unbeaten, Tops UAB 85-64

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Nolan Smith scored a career-high 33 points to help No. 1 Duke beat Alabama-Birmingham 85-64 on Wednesday night.

Kyle Singler added 15 points and scored his 2,000th career point during a game-opening 26-4 run that took the drama out of this one early. The Blue Devils (14-0) never let the Blazers (10-3) closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

Duke has won 24 straight games dating back to last season's run to the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournament championships, and 32 of 33 overall.

UAB's Jamarr Sanders hit a 3-pointer on the game's first possession only to see the Blue Devils answer with 16 straight points to blow the game open.

Duke has won all but two games by double-digit margins as it heads into the heart of its ACC schedule. The Blue Devils face Maryland at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday, and still have one more nonconference game against Temple here in late February.


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