Three point barrage carries Duke past Radford 104-67

Andre Dawkins had a career high of 20 points - BDN Photo
Andre Dawkins had a career high of 20 points - BDN Photo

The Duke Blue Devils nailed 18 three points shots [tied a school record] in route to a 104- 67 thumping of Radford on Saturday afternoon in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  Freshman Andre Dawkins hit 6 of 8 from beyond the arc on his way to a career high 20 points.

"Whenever I put it up, I thought it was going in.  I had a lot of confidence in my shot," said Dawkins.

Nolan Smith who dropped in 20 points and garnered 7 assists said of Dawkins, "Andre played a great game.  He came out with a lot of confidence and was ready to shoot the ball."

The Blue Devils used a 23-4 run in the first half which broke the game open, helping them carry a 59-34 edge into halftime and they never looked back.

Radford's Art Parakhouski kept his team int he game for a while and earned high praise from Krzyzewski after the game.  The hulking Parahouski finished the game as the high scorer with 23 points to go with his 13 rebounds.

The win was Duke's most complete game of the season, especially on the offensive end where several numbers stand out.

Duke had three players, Singler, Scheyer and Smith with 7 assists a piece and the team totaled 25.  Duke was 16 of 17 from the free throw stripe and hot 18 of 32 three point shots, a 56.3% clip.

Miles Plumlee had his second straight double-double with numbers of 12 points and 11 rebounds.  His teammate Brian Zoubek had back to back games of 9 rebounds as well.

Duke All American Kyle Singler struggled with his shot on his way to 13 points, but his game was well rounded in that he added 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

His sidekick Jon Scheyer scored 18 points to go with his 7 assists as well.  Ryan Kelly added a career high 9 points and 5 rebounds playing effective minutes.

"The guys are playing hard and we are getting better.  We are a good basketball team.  We will be excited to play in New York," said Kryzewski to the blue Devil Nation in his post game comments.

Duke is now 4-0 on the young season and they will take on Arizona State in the semi finals of the NIT.  The winner plays either UConn- LSU.

Points A. Parakhouski 23 N. Smith 20
Rebounds A. Parakhouski 14
Assists A. Johnson 4 K. Singler 7
Steals B. Smith 2 A. Dawkins 3
Blocks A. Parakhouski 3 R. Kelly 2

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Miami ends Duke’s bowl hopes with a 34-16 win

Devils fall short in Miami and turn their attenton to Wake in an effort to finish the season at .500
Devils fall short in Miami and turn their attenton to Wake in an effort to finish the season at .500

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Thaddeus Lewis became Duke's all-time leading passer, but it wasn't enough as the Blue Devils fell to No. 20 Miami, 34-16, in front of 38,200 fans at Land Shark Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Duke falls to 5-6 overall and 3-4 in ACC play, while Miami improves to 8-3 overall and 5-3 in the conference.

Early in the fourth quarter, Lewis threw an eight-yard pass to Austin Kelly to move past Ben Bennett on Duke's all-time passing yardage list.  Bennett threw for 9,614 career yards from 1980-83.  With one game remaining in his collegiate career, Lewis has 9,678 yards - a total that ranks third best in ACC history trailing only N.C. State's Philip Rivers (13,484) and Florida State's Chris Weinke (9,839).

Miami scored the game's final 24 points for the win on Saturday as Duke dropped to 8-1 under head coach David Cutcliffe when leading after three quarters.  Heading into the fourth period, the Blue Devils led by three points, 16-13, before the Hurricanes scored three touchdowns to account for the final margin.

The Blue Devils claimed a 3-0 lead just over nine minutes into the contest when Will Snyderwine booted a 30-yard field goal.  The five-play, 68-yard scoring drive was set up by Vincent Rey's second interception of the year and highlighted by a 64-yard pass from Thaddeus Lewis to Donovan Varner down the right sideline.  Miami countered with a 33-yard field goal from Matt Bosher to tie the game at the 1:25 mark of the opening period.

Desmond Scott's 47-yard kickoff return set up Snyderwine's second successful field goal of the day, a 49-yard effort that pushed Duke back ahead, 6-3, with 14:50 left in the second quarter.

Miami took its first lead of the afternoon at the 4:50 mark of the second period when Jacory Harris hooked up with Tervaris Johnson for a five-yard scoring pass.  The touchdown capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive that took 4:52 off the clock.  Duke responded immediately as Lewis engineered an eight-snap, 80-yard march and hit Varner for a 24-yard touchdown with 2:17 prior to intermission.

Duke took the kickoff to start the third quarter and moved 60 yards on 10 plays for a 26-yard field goal by Snyderwine.  The kick increased the lead to 16-10 at the 11:05 mark.  The Hurricanes cut the lead in half with a 12-play, 54-yard drive that resulted in a 25-yard field goal by Bosher.

Following a Duke punt, a two-yard touchdown run by Miami's Damien Berry completed a 15-play, 90-yard drive and provided the Hurricanes with a 20-16 advantage at the 13:41 mark of the fourth quarter.  Miami extended the lead to 27-16 with a 44-yard touchdown pass from Harris to Leonard Hankerson with 7:37 remaining in the game.  Darryl Sharpton rounded out the scoring with a 73-yard interception return for a touchdown with just over six minutes left.

Lewis finished with 303 passing yards on 20-of-37 throws.  The 300-yard day is his sixth of the year and the 10th of his career to move into a tie for first place on Duke's all-time chart, matching Anthony Dilweg's 10 300-yard efforts from 1985-88.

Varner paced the Duke receiving unit with eight catches for 165 yards.

For Miami, Harris was 25-of-43 through the air for 348 yards while Berry rushed for 76 yards on 16 attempts.  Hankerson had eight grabs for 143 yards.

The Blue Devils conclude the 2009 season next Saturday at home against Wake Forest.  Kickoff at Wallace Wade Stadium is set for 12 noon and the game will be televised live by Raycom Sports.

BDN Game Day Preview – Duke at Miami

dscott 33BDN previews Saturday’s matchup as Thad Lewis and the Blue Devils travel to Miami to face the #20 Hurricanes. The game will kickoff at noon ET on ESPNU.

Scouting the Blue Devils (5-5, 3-3 ACC)

Last time out

Duke was defeated by Georgia Tech at Wallace Wade Stadium, 49-10. After jumping out to a 10-0 lead, the Yellow Jackets dominated the remaining three-plus quarters, scoring 49 unanswered points.

Duke’s touchdown came on their first possession, as Thad Lewis found RB Re’quan Boyette for an 18 yard score. The Duke defense also came out fired up, forcing a three and out on Georgia Tech’s first possession, and a fumbled punt on Georgia Tech’s second possession, which handed the ball to the offense at the Georgia Tech 14 yard line. Will Snyderwine, returning after missing the previous game with an injury, connected on a 31-yard field goal to put the Blue Devils up 10-0.

From that point on, it was all Georgia Tech, as the Blue Devil defense continually gave up big plays, while the offense struggled to move the ball downfield. In fact, Duke’s leading receivers on the day were RB Re’quan Boyette and RB Desmond Scott, as the dynamic receiving corps of Conner Vernon, Donovan Varner, and Austin Kelly totaled just 7 catches and 75 yards combined. After a promising start, the Duke defense gave up a total of 519 yards to the Yellow Jackets, including 7 plays of greater than 20 yards.


The Duke offense is led by senior QB Thad Lewis, who ranks third in the ACC with 264 passing yards per game and 16 TDs. Lewis was recently named as one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Award, which is presented to the nation’s top senior quarterback. The four-year starter has been instrumental to the program’s resurgence, etching his name in the Duke and ACC record books as one of the most prolific passers in conference history. Lewis is now just 240 passing yards shy of the Duke career record of 9,614 yards, currently held by Ben Bennett. Duke’s receiving corps of freshman Conner Vernon, sophomore Donovan Varner, and junior Austin Kelly all rank in the top 10 in the ACC in receiving. The Blue Devils have struggled to run the ball all season long, ranking last in the FBS at just 63.9 yards per game.

Defensive Coordinator Mike MacIntyre was recently named National Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association, and with good reason. The Duke defense has steadily improved under MacIntyre’s leadership, despite an overall lack of size and depth. The Duke defense ranks 6th in the ACC in total defense, and has also forced 16 turnovers on the season. The defense has sealed several of Duke’s victories with key defensive stops and forced turnovers late in games.

Duke’s special teams unit continues to improve, converting 14/18 field goals and a perfect 28/28 extra points. The return game has also set up good field position for the offense in recent weeks, though lead returner Johnny Williams is expected to miss this week’s matchup with Miami.

Scouting the Hurricanes (7-3, 4-3 ACC)

Last time out

Miami fell to a resurgent North Carolina team in Chapel Hill last Saturday, 33-24. QB Jacory Harris threw for 319 yards and a career-high 4 interceptions in the loss. North Carolina’s Kendric Burney set a single-game ACC record with 180 interception return yards, including a 77-yard TD.

The Miami offense moved the ball effectively against the ACC’s top defense, totaling 435 yards and 3 touchdowns, including runs by RB Graig Cooper and Damien Berry. The defense also performed well, holding North Carolina’s rushing attack to 3.6 yards per carry and no touchdowns. The turnovers proved to be too much to overcome, however, resulting in 17 points for the Tar Heels.


While this is not the dominant Miami program of the past two decades, Randy Shannon has begun to bring in the coaches and athletes necessary to return the program to the nation’s elite. Facing one of the toughest schedules in the country, including their first four games against nationally-ranked opponents, the Hurricanes boast a 7-3 record, including wins against Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Oklahoma.

The Hurricanes rank 4th in the ACC in total offense and 5th in the ACC in total defense. QB Jacory Harris received national attention for his early season success, but has cooled as the season progressed, having now thrown 16 interceptions on the year to go along with 19 touchdowns. His offensive line has also allowed 28 sacks, ranking ahead of only Maryland and Virginia in the conference. An elite receiver has yet to emerge for Harris, although Leonard Hankerson does rank 9th in the conference at 60.0 receiving yards per game. RB Graig Cooper ranks 4th in the ACC in all purpose yards with 128.0 yards per game.

The Miami defense, despite its ranking, has forced only 14 turnovers and 19 sacks, both of which rank in the bottom four of the conference. The Hurricanes are also the second most penalized team in the ACC, averaging almost 8 penalties and 60 penalty yards per game. The defense particularly struggled in a 28-27 victory over Wake Forest, in which senior QB Riley Skinner was able to throw for 408 yards against the Miami secondary.


The Blue Devils injury report has grown considerably over the past two weeks, as a result of the long season and two particularly physical contests against UNC and Georgia Tech. Last week, the Blue Devils lost 2nd string QB Sean Renfree for the remainder of the season with an ACL tear. The week before, starting OG Mitchell Lederman was lost for the year with a broken toe. In addition, Duke expects to be without standout DT Vince Oghobaase, WR and lead kick returner Johnny Williams, and senior RB Re’quan Boyette. Several other key players appear on this week’s injury report, including QB Thad Lewis, WR Austin Kelly, K Will Snyderwine, LB Abraham Kromah, and LB Vincent Rey, but all are expected to suit up on Saturday.

The injury report for the Hurricanes, on the other hand, brings some good news, as Miami expects to have two key players back on defense for the first time in the last three weeks. LB Sean Spence and S Ray Ray Armstrong both practiced this week and should be available to play on Saturday. QB Jacory Harris injured his thumb during last week’s loss to North Carolina, but practiced as usual on Wednesday and is expected to play on Saturday. The Hurricanes will be without explosive punt returner Thearon Collier, who sprained his ankle in practice earlier this week. Travis Benjamin will likely field the returns in his absence.

Closing Thoughts

A win for the Blue Devils will bring them one win away from bowl eligibility, a feat the program has not accomplished since 1994. A Blue Devil victory would snap the program’s 39-game losing streak against nationally-ranked opponents, along with a five-game losing streak to Miami. The Blue Devils last win against Miami came in 1976.

Last year at Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke held a 24-14 third quarter lead against Miami, before Jacory Harris took over, leading the Hurricanes to a 49-31 victory. In the second half, Duke’s lack of depth and Miami’s superior talent took center stage. Duke has taken the first steps in closing the talent gap, bringing in players like WR Conner Vernon and RB Desmond Scott in the freshman class; however, Miami is a more experienced team this year and will be playing in front of their home crowd.

After two straight losses, it’s a must-win game for Duke, and a great opportunity for the program to upset one of the nation’s top programs. Duke’s Thad Lewis, Conner Vernon, and Donovan Varner all hail from the Miami area, and the trio would like nothing better than to celebrate their homecoming with a victory. At this stage in the program’s development, however, Duke might need help from Miami to win in Land Shark Stadium Saturday. The Hurricanes simply have the superior athletes and an established culture of winning. However, Miami has been prone to penalties and turnovers this season, which could provide the Blue Devils with opportunities to stay in the game and pull off the improbable upset.

Official Game Notes – Radford at Duke

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Game 4

Duke (3-0) vs. Radford (2-0)

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009  •  3:00 p.m.  •

Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)  •  Durham, N.C.

The Opening Tip

Duke (3-0), ranked ninth in the AP preseason poll and eighth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll, faces Radford (2-0) on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3:00 p.m. Saturday’s contest will be shown live on Inside Access with Reese Edwards and John Roth calling the action.

The Last Time Out

Duke posted its 71st consecutive non-conference home win on Tuesday with a 101-59 decision over Charlotte at Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the win, Duke advanced to the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off (Nov. 25-27) at Madison Square Garden.

Junior Nolan Smith made his season debut against the 49ers, scoring a career-high 24 points to go along with five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Jon Scheyer added 20 points, six rebounds and five assists in the win, while Kyle Singler added 17 points.

Sophomore Miles Plumlee posted career-highs in points (15), rebounds (11), assists (2) and steals (2) on Saturday. Brian Zoubek came off the bench to score nine points and match a career-high with 13 rebounds, including eight offensive boards.

Six different Blue Devils made three-pointers against Charlotte as the team went 12-of-21 (.571) from deep in the contest.

Series History

Duke is 1-0 all-time against Radford with a 99-63 win in Lexington, Ky., on March 13, 1998 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Numbers Game

l The Blue Devils have won an NCAA-best 71 consecutive non-conference home games.

l Duke has won 31 straight home games against unranked opponents, dating back to a 68-67 loss to Florida State on Feb. 4, 2007.

l The Blue Devils have won 14 straight games and are 27-9 all-time against Big South opponents. Duke posted a 74-49 win over Big South foe Coastal Carolina on Monday.

l Duke is 49-14 when ranked ninth in the AP poll. The Blue Devils have won eight straight games when ranked No. 9 in the country.

l The Blue Devils are 99-10 in the month of November under Coach K. Duke has won 19 straight games in the month, dating back to a Nov. 21, 2006 loss to Marquette.

l Junior Nolan Smith went 9-of-15 from the field, including 2-of-3 from three-point range, in a career-best 24-point effort against Charlotte. Smith missed the first two games of the season while serving a suspension for a violation of rules pertaining to summer league participation.

l Sophomore Miles Plumlee and senior Brian Zoubek combined for 24 points and 24 rebounds in 40 minutes of action in the win over Charlotte. The post duo is averaging 21.7 points and 17.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 64.3 percent (27-of-42) from the floor, for the season.

l Jon Scheyer has 14 assists and zero turnovers in 103 minutes of action on the year. The Northbrook, Ill., native has a 1.78:1 assist-to-turnover ratio in 107 career games.

l Sophomore Miles Plumlee is averaging 11.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game after recording 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game a year ago. He has scored in double figures in all three games this season and registered his first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds on Tuesday against Charlotte.

l Junior Kyle Singler had 17 points on Tuesday and has now scored in double figures in 18 straight games dating back to last season. Overall, Singler has reached 10 or more points scored in 62 of 74 career games.

l The Blue Devils have shot 50.0 percent or better from the field in two of three games this season. Duke is 421-30 under Coach K when shooting 50.0 percent or better from the field.

l Duke has limited its last two opponents to 31.3 percent shooting (36-of-115) from the field. The Blue Devils also held Coastal Carolina and Charlotte to 11-of-38 (.290) shooting from behind the three-point arc.

l The Blue Devils are averaging 39.3 points in the paint per game and own a +17.3 points per game edge on interior scoring of the year. Duke has scored 40 or more points in the paint in two of its first three games.

l Jon Scheyer (1,397 points) and Kyle Singler (1,120 points) are the highest returning career scoring tandem in the ACC with 2,517 career points. The duo is averaging 36.0 points per game on the season.

Boyette, Lederman, Oghobaase, Renfree, Williams out for Miami

1Duke Football Injury Report

Duke at Miami -- November 21

WR Austin Kelly (upper body) -- Probable
LB Abraham Kromah (leg) -- Probable

QB Thaddeus Lewis (leg) -- Probable

LB Vincent Rey (leg) -- Probable
K Will Snyderwine (leg) -- Probable
RB Re'quan Boyette (leg) -- OUT
DT Vince Oghobaase (leg) -- OUT

WR Johnny Williams (knee) -- OUT

RB Kyle Griswould (leg) -- OUT FOR SEASON
OG Mitchell Lederman (foot) -- OUT FOR SEASON
QB Sean Rengree (knee) -- OUT FOR SEASON
WR Tyree Watkins (leg) -- OUT FOR SEASON

S Anthony Young-Wiseman (knee) -- OUT FOR SEASON