Nolan Smith scored 20 points (9-for-18) and Kyle Singler finished with 17 points for Duke in a 68-53 win over California. Brian Zoubek came off the bench and finished with 14 points. The Golden Bears struggled from the field, shooting 39 percent. They couldn't find the range from beyond the arc either, hitting just 3 of 12 attempts. Jamal Boykin led Cal with 13 points.
Duke led 42-27 with 17:54 left, but Cal came right back with an 8-2 run and trail, 44-35with 15:03 left. Timeout Duke. Jerome Randle and Theo Robertson hit back-to-back three-pointers, capping the rnu.
Duke has been moving the ball with great efficiency and leads 37-24 at the half. Every player who has entered the game for Duke has scored. Nolan Smith has 11 points and Brian Zoubek and Miles Plumlee each has six points for the Blue Devils, who are shooting 50 percent from the field. Jerome Randle has nine points for Cal, which is 1-for-6 from three-point range. Patrick Christopher has just two points.
Duke hasn't shot the three well (2-8), but the Blue Devils have done everything else right. Duke is shooting 50 percent from the field, with six players scoring. Nolan Smith has nine points. Cal needs to find a way to get Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher involved. Duke leads 31-20 with 2:43 left. Cal has missed nine of its last 11 shots.
Duke is on a 15-6 run and leads 26-17 with 6:15 left. Duke is spreading the ball well as six players have scored. Nolan Smith leads the way with 11 points.
Patrick Christopher is about to return. But Cal came back without him. The Golden Bears lead, 9-8, with 13:52 left.
Duke is up 6-0 over California with 17:12 left. More importantly, the Golden Bears' star center Patrick Christopher left the game after taking a shot to the face. He's expected to return at some point in the half.