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Nov. 27, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. - The game between top-ranked Duke and Oregon was merely a formality for the first on-court meeting of Blue Devils star Kyle Singler and his little brother E.J., a sophomore forward for the Ducks.
And for Kyle, it was even more: His first chance to play in his home state since leaving for Durham, N.C.
"Every moment I was out there I was trying to soak it all in," the elder Singler brother said. "Trying to look at the signs, trying to find the people I knew in the stands. I was focused in and trying to win, but the environment was great."
He made the most of it, with 30 points and five rebounds to lead Duke to a 98-71 victory Saturday.
He opened scoring with a fallaway jumper and Duke never trailed. His 3-pointer midway through the first half put the Blue Devils up 20-7.
Duke went up 31-12 in the first half on Miles Plumlee's alley-oop dunk. The Ducks narrowed it to 33-23 later in the period, but Duke led 40-25 at halftime.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Malcolm Grant posted his second 20-point performance of the season to lead Miami to an 87-75 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday night at Alico Arean.
Durand Scott added 15 points and a season-high eight assists, while Garrius Adams tied his career-high with 13 points for the Hurricanes (4-2).
Reggie Johnson added his fourth double-double of the season for the 'Canes with 11 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Adrian Thomas had 12 points off the bench as five Hurricanes finished in double-figure scoring for the third time in six games this season.
Anthony Banks scored 21 points and Reed Baker 20 for Florida Gulf Coast (2-3).
Miami hit 10 of 20 3-pointers in the first half to take a 50-39 lead. Grant hit five treys in the first half and finished with a career-high six, hitting at least one 3-pointer in 13 straight games - the second-longest active streak in the ACC, behind Florida State's Deividas Dulkys, who has hit a 3-pointer in 14 straight games. Florida State was idle Saturday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Lorenzo Brown scored 13 points to help North Carolina State defeat Fairleigh Dickinson 77-67 on Saturday.
Scott Wood scored all 12 of his points in the second half for the Wolfpack (4-1), who made six of their first seven 3-point attempts after halftime. DeShawn Painter tied a career high with 12 points for N.C. State.
Wood made four 3-pointers in the first seven minutes of the second half, including three in a four-possession span to douse a rally by the Knights.
"These November and December games are a time to learn I guess, time to straighten out some wrinkles," said NC State head coach Sidney Lowe. "Initially, we were very lathargic, we were running slow, getting to our spots slow, moving the ball around slow. Concentration wise we were not there."
Terence Grier scored a career-high 23 points to lead Fairleigh Dickinson (0-3). Mathias Seilund had 13 points and Mike Scott added 11 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Knights.
Fairleigh Dickinson opened the second half with a 9-3 run to cut N.C. State's lead to 42-38 with 16:25 remaining, but the Wolfpack answered with a 10-0 run that included the start of Wood's 3-point flurry.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J (AP) - Syracuse's offense at last rounded into championship form.
Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine led the way for the ninth-ranked Orange with five players finishing in double-figures and the kind of terrific shooting coach Jim Boeheim expected in an 80-76 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday night to win the Legends Classic.
"We got a dangerous team when you got guys like that," Jardine said. "It's going to happen where everyone can contribute. We're going to be a dangerous team."
The Orange (6-0) clicked all game and found the well-balanced offense Boeheim said was missing during the perfect start. Boeheim complained after Friday's win over Michigan about the Orange's struggles shooting the ball. The Orange heard the complaints and responded - 11 of 18 in the second half that helped gradually stretch the lead.
Joseph shook off early foul trouble to score 19 points, and Jardine had 15 points and eight assists. Rick Jackson kept his strong start going with 10 points and 14 rebounds, and Dion Waiters scored 13 for the Orange.