DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Nolan Smith scored 24 points to help eighth-ranked Duke bounce back from a weekend loss and beat Boston College 79-59 on Wednesday night.
Kyle Singler added 15 points for the Blue Devils (14-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who pushed ahead for good late in the first half and pulled away in the opening minutes after the break.
Reggie Jackson scored 20 points for the Eagles (10-7, 1-2), but he was BC's only double-figure scorer.
While Boston College held up through the first 15 minutes or so, the Blue Devils' pressure defense finally started to make a difference late in the first half. Duke held Boston College without a field goal for nearly 8 minutes and used a 15-3 run to turn a two-point deficit late in the half into a 46-35 edge on Singler's alley-oop dunk off a feed from Smith with 17:30 left in the game.
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