Duke Stays Perfect In ACC, Tops BC

DURHAM, N.C. -- Kyle Singler scored 24 points and No. 2 Duke shook off some early cold shooting Saturday to beat Boston College 90-80 and extend its winning streak to 11.

DeMarcus Nelson added 23 points for the Blue Devils (21-1, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who overcame a huge game from Tyrese Rice with a late 17-2 run.

Rice, the ACC's second-leading scorer, scored 18 of his 28 points in the first half for the Eagles (12-10, 3-6), who shot 55 percent but allowed an eight-point first-half lead to slip away in losing their sixth straight and falling to 0-4 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Still, BC gave Duke its tightest game of the season in its notoriously noisy arena. The Blue Devils entered having won their previous 12 home games by an average of 27½ points, with their prior closest game a 93-80 victory against Clemson.

Duke couldn't pull away in this one until midway through the second half, when Singler bookended the decisive run with 3-pointers from the same area of the court.

First, he put the Blue Devils ahead to stay and started the run with a 3 from the left corner to make it 66-65 at the 9:11 mark. Then, after Nelson's 3-pointer from the opposite corner pushed it to 77-67 -- Duke's first double-figure lead -- Singler converted again 35 seconds later from the left corner to give the Blue Devils a 13-point advantage.

Jon Scheyer added 11 points for the Blue Devils, who are on their longest winning streak in ACC play since the J.J. Redick- and Shelden Williams-led 2005-06 team started the league schedule 14-0. They remained perfect in the league despite allowing a 28-point scorer for the second straight game; North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough also did it earlier in the week.

Biko Paris finished with 11 points and Shamari Spears added 10 for the bulkier Eagles, who were denied their first victory against Duke since the second round of the 1985 NCAA tournament.

Perhaps drained from its big victory over rival North Carolina three days earlier, Duke wasn't as crisp as usual for much of the first half. The Blue Devils missed 11 of their 14 shots from 3-point range and hit just 4-of-13 free throws, and Rice and the Eagles eventually took advantage.

Boston College -- a 19½-point underdog -- led for most of the half, with its lead growing to 38-30 on Biko Paris' three-point play with about 4½ minutes left. The Blue Devils closed to 42-41 at the break on Lance Thomas' stickback with 1 second left, the third time in five games they've trailed at halftime.