No. 1 Duke 106, Boston U. 62 Optional
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Erik Meek and the rest of Duke’s second stringers showed what practicing against the best team in the country can do for a team.
Starters Thomas Hill, Grant Hill, Cherokee Parks and Bobby Hurley helped soften up Boston University before the substitutes, sharp from their own practices against the top-ranked regulars, helped hand the Terriers a 106-62 loss Wednesday night.
Meek led Duke with a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds, and every healthy Blue Devil scored. Antonio Lang, who suffered a hairline fracture of his right sinus when he was elbowed playing BYU, sat out.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he wasn’t surprised at the play of the reserves.
″They run as a unit in practice and they do it against Hurley, Hill and Parks and those guys,″ he said. ″They certainly should be able to do it in game situations.″
Duke (8-0) breezed to a 55-16 halftime lead as Thomas Hill scored all 16 of his points before intermission. The Blue Devils substituted liberally throughout the game, opening the door for Meek’s aggressive inside play.
″It was good to see Erik be a lot more mobile,″ Krzyzewski said. ″We feel that those extended minutes were very important for him.″
The substitutions were also important to Boston University coach Bob Brown.
″I thought Coach K was about as much of a gentleman as you can be in coaching,″ he said. ″I know I appreciated it and, somewhere down the line, I hope my boys appreciate it.″
The Blue Devils led by as many as 55 points at 78-23, but the Terriers (1-6) managed to draw as close as 96-56.
Duke outshot the Terriers 53 percent to 36 percent and forced 31 turnovers. The Blue Devils have won 21 straight games - two shy of a school record - and 33 straight at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Grant Hill added 17 points for Duke, while Marty Clark scored 12, Parks 11 and Hurley 11.
Jeff Storm led Boston University with 13 points while Robert Bailey had 12 and Dan Delgardo 10.
An opening-minute flurry that included a dunk by Parks and a 3-pointer by Hurley put the Blue Devils up 5-0.
While Duke continued to score steadily, baskets were hard to come by for the Terriers. Dave Stiff put them on the board at the 17:04 mark, then cut the lead to 18-4 with 13:40 left.
The Terriers went into double digits with 10:34 left when Bailey hit two free throws to make it 26-10.
The Blue Devils capped a 17-0 run when Hurley hit Grant Hill with a behind- the-back pass to set up a resounding dunk and a 55-16 lead at intermission.
It was Duke’s largest halftime lead since November 1989, when the Blue Devils led Harvard 72-30.