Smith Helps No. 9 Duke Rout Charlotte, 101-59

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Nolan Smith scored a career-high 24 points in his return to Duke's lineup, and the ninth-ranked Blue Devils routed Charlotte 101-59 on Tuesday night in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Jon Scheyer added 20 points and Kyle Singler had 17 for the Blue Devils (3-0), who never trailed, hit 12 3-pointers and shot 52.9 percent.

Duke went up by double figures to stay before Charlotte hit its first field goal and cruised into next week's semifinal matchup at Madison Square Garden against the TCU-Arizona State winner.

Shamari Spears had 20 points to lead the overmatched 49ers (2-1). Sloppy play and 33.9 percent shooting kept them from their first 3-0 start since 1995 and denied them a second straight victory against a ranked opponent dating to last season's win against then-No. 17 Xavier. They had 17 turnovers -- 12 in the first half.


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