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 win Saturday.
The game was dubbed by one fan as "The Singler Mingler." The brothers grew up in Medford, about 275 miles south of where the game was played at the Rose Garden.
The outcome didn't much matter when the brothers hugged tightly after the game.
"It was definitely fun," E.J. said. "One of the funnest games I've ever played in."
The younger Singler scored 14, all in the second half.
It was the first time the Singlers played against each other, and the first time they were on the same court in a real game since they led South Medford High to the state championship in 2007.
NO. 5 PITT 82, PENN 58: Nasir Robinson led a 15-0 run to close the first half, and the Panthers (7-0) used their bench extensively to roll.
NO. 9 SYRACUSE 80, GA. TECH 76: Kris Joseph shook off foul trouble to score 19 as the Orange (6-0) won the Legends Classic in Atlantic City, N.J.
RICHMOND 65, NO. 10 PURDUE 54: Kevin Anderson had 28 points to lead the Spiders over the Boilermakers (5-1) in the Chicago Invitational Challenge championship game in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Richmond's first win over a top 10 team since 2004.
NO. 16 G'TOWN 87, UNC ASHEVILLE 72: Austin Freeman tied a school record by making seven 3-pointers and finished with 32 points, and the host Hoyas (6-0) used a 23-0 first-half run to blow it open.
NO. 19 ILLINOIS 78, W. MICH. 63: Mike Tisdale had 18 points and seven rebounds for the visiting Illini (6-1), who have won three straight.
NO. 20 TEXAS 62, RICE 59: Cory Joseph made a layup with 37 seconds left, and the host Longhorns (5-1) survived a scare when the Owls missed a 3-pointer to tie at the buzzer.
NO. 23 BYU 74, SAINT MARY'S (CALIF.) 73: Jimmer Fredette had 24 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 10 seconds left, to lead the Cougars (8-0) in the South Padre Island (Texas) Championship.
NO. 2 MICHIGAN ST.: Center Derrick Nix rejoined the team after he met with teammates and coaches.
NO. 15 MINNESOTA: Starting point guard Al Nolen (foot injury) and small forward Rodney Williams (ankle sprain) could miss Monday's game against Virginia.
MIAMI 87, FLA. GULF COAST 75: Malcolm Grant had 20 points for visiting UM (4-2).
TAMPA 88, P.R.-BAYAMON 68: Callum Townsend had 24 points and 10 rebounds at the Eckerd College Thanksgiving Classic for the Spartans (6-0).
ECKERD 82, QUEENS 75: Darrien Mack had a career-high 18 points and 10 rebounds to help the host Tritons (6-1) win their fifth straight at their Thanksgiving Classic.
N. Colorado 69, B-CU 45: CJ Reed led Bethune-Cookman (2-4) with 18 points against the Bears, who never trailed in the final round of the Las Vegas Invitational.
Mt. St. Mary's, 70, FAMU 61: The visiting Rattlers (2-4) cut a 17-point deficit to nine in the second half but got no closer.