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'Canes can't contain Duke's Smith

DURHAM, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski had his Duke players come to Cameron Indoor Stadium the day before their Atlantic Coast Conference opener to look at the countless banners hanging in the rafters.

The message?

"We tried to impress on our guys that it's their turn to try to do something in the ACC," the Hall of Fame coach said.

Nolan Smith and the top-ranked Blue Devils took their first step Sunday night, with the senior scoring a season-high 28 in a 74-63 win over Miami in the league opener for both.

Reserve guard Andre Dawkins added 16 points for the Blue Devils (13-0), who have won 23 straight dating to last season's run to the national championship.

It was a good start as the Blue Devils aim for a 12th regular-season ACC crown under Krzyzew­ski. Smith had 13 straight points in the first half to give Duke its double-digit lead, and the Hurricanes (11-4) played the reigning champions basically even the rest of the way.

Miami missed 14 of 17 3-pointers and shot 37 percent overall. That included plenty of shots in the paint.

"It's kind of demoralizing when you have those bunnies around the hoop and you don't make them," Hurricanes coach Frank Haith said.

NO. 3 KANSAS 83, MIAMI (OHIO) 56: Markieff Morris had 20 points and twin Marcus 18 for the Jayhawks (13-0), who extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 67 games.

NO. 8 VILLANOVA 81, RUTGERS 65: Corey Stokes had 23 points and Corey Fisher 19 as the host Wildcats (12-1) won their seventh straight in their Big East opener.

NO. 21 MEMPHIS 91, TENN. ST. 86: Antonio Barton had 20 of his 24 points in the second half and hit two key free throws with 17 seconds left as host Memphis (11-2) survived Tennessee State's 12-of-24 3-point shooting.

NO. 23 ILLINOIS 69, WIS. 61: Demetri McCamey had 11 of his 21 points over the final 5:15 of the game to lead the host Illini (12-3, 2-0 Big Ten).

NO. 24 VANDY 80, DAVIDSON 52: Jeffery Taylor scored 22 to lead four players in double figures for the host Commodores (11-2).

State

TAMPA 86, ROLLINS 80: Callum Townsend had 21 points and hit 7 of 11 3-pointers for the host Spartans (12-0, 2-0 Sunshine State), off to their best start since the 1991-92 team opened 14-0.

ECKERD 66, BARRY 53: Wayne Sears Jr. had 15 points and Dale Carn 12 for the host Tritons (11-1, 2-0 SSC), who never trailed and won their 10th straight.

SAINT LEO 80, LYNN 65: Quentin Cullop had 16 points for the host Lions (9-2, 1-1 SSC).

'Canes can't contain Duke's Smith 01/02/11 [Last modified: Sunday, January 2, 2011 11:33pm]

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