Singler's big game leads Duke over TempleFeb 24, 2011 - 3:34 AM
"It was important to get this win. We weren't too worried about whether they were ranked or whether we were ranked," said Singler. "It did have a little feel of a tournament game, but you don't have that atmosphere because you're playing on your home court."
Nolan Smith struggled from the floor, making just 5-of-17 shots, but managed 15 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Singler, who entered the game making just 20-of-61 shots and scoring only two points in last Wednesday's victory over Virginia, connected on 10-of-19 attempts. Seth Curry contributed nine points and Ryan Kelly added eight for the Blue Devils (26-2), who reeled off their seventh straight victory.
Lavoy Allen posted a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Rahir Jefferson donated 11 points, six assists and six boards for Temple (21-6), which saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end. Point guard Juan Fernandez made just 2-of-10 shots for eight points in defeat.
"I don't think we managed the game as well as we needed to," said Temple head coach Fran Dunphy. "It was going to be a tough task for Juan (Fernandez) and (Ramone Moore), because obviously they're our leading guards and they're going to go after them a little bit."
Temple scored five of the game's first seven points, but Duke put together one of its patented spurts to seize a 19-12 lead on Ryan Kelly's layup, capping eight successive points.
The margin never got higher than seven, and Temple trimmed it to three points on multiple occasions, the last at 21-18 on T.J. Dileo's layup off a great feed from the high post by Rahlir Jefferson. Curry's three-pointer in the closing seconds pushed the nation's top team to a 31-24 halftime edge.
Duke's advantage quickly grew to 13 at 41-28 on Smith's three-pointer and Mason Plumlee's slam opened a 14-point margin, 49-35 with just over 13 minutes to play. Temple trailed by as many as 19 points late and never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Duke closed out its 86th straight non-conference home victory and its 35th straight win at Cameron Indoor Stadium...The Blue Devils hold a 18-9 edge in the all-time series...Moore, Temple's leading scorer at 15.4 points per game, managed only eight points on 3-of-7 shooting.
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