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Lethargic Devils Outlast Eagles, 69-42
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Duke Leaders Down Charlotte, 57-44
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Duke Leaders Down Charlotte, 57-44
By Rob Clough
November 23, 2009

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THE NUTSHELL: Another Uneven Performance in Cameron Good Enough for a Win


Duke's sloppy victory over Charlotte was marked by long stretches of lethargic play and a general lack of enthusiasm and intensity. After falling behind early, Duke played six minutes of excellent basketball at both ends to take control of the game, but followed that with six minutes of uninspired ball. The Devils clamped down in the second half, opening up a 19 point lead midway through. Charlotte never relented, but the Devils looked as though they were starting Thanksgiving break a couple of days early as they coughed up the ball repeatedly and stopped defending the basket. The Niners didn't help themselves with lots of missed free throws, but they actually came within 10 points with a couple of minutes left. The good news for Duke was that its upperclsssman leaders took over when needed: Jasmine Thomas sank a three that ended Charlotte's run, Joy Cheek hustled her way to 12 points & 13 rebounds with a fine all-around effort; and Bridgette Mitchell hit some key shots was all over the floor. When Duke was in synch, they looked great on offense and untouchable on defense. To beat elite opponents, the Devils will need to do that more than 10 or 15 minutes a game.



Lethargic Devils Outlast Eagles, 69-42
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Duke Leaders Down Charlotte, 57-44
Team Box

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