Duke Overcomes Sluggish Start To Down Cornell

DeMarcus Nelson matched a season high with 23 points and No. 9 Duke shook off a slow start to beat Cornell 81-67 on Sunday night.

Kyle Singler added 14 points for the Blue Devils (11-1), who were coming off a 16-day layoff and eventually pulled away for their NCAA-best 58th straight nonconference victory at home.

Gerald Henderson scored 12 points and Greg Paulus added 11 for Duke, which only briefly trailed late in the first half and took command early in the second with a 13-3 run. The victory gave coach Mike Krzyzewski his 786th career victory, tying Lefty Driesell for sixth on the all-time wins list.

Ryan Wittman had 13 points and 7-foot center Jeff Foote added 10 for Cornell (6-5), which was denied its first victory against an Atlantic Coast Conference team in 56 seasons.