Duke's 91-81 win over St. John's gives ACC 6-2 edge on Big East

December 06, 1991|By Barry Jacobs | Barry Jacobs,Special to The Sun

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Nothing to it.

In fact, by halftime the outcome was essentially settled, as top-ranked Duke dismantled No. 7 St. John's en route to a 91-81 victory at the Greensboro Coliseum.

To the delight of the sellout crowd of 15,781, Duke's victory gave the ACC a 6-2 edge in this year's ACC-Big East Challenge. Thus the event, which concludes this season after a three-year run, finished with each league winning 12 games overall. Last year, the Big East held a 6-2 edge. In 1989, each conference won four times.

How dominating was Duke, which appears to have bolstered a squad that last season won the national championship? During the first half, the Blue Devils scored all but three of their points inside or at the free-throw line. St. John's had just one more field goal (11) than turnover (10) in the opening period.

Nor was Duke content to rest on its laurels until the latter part of the second half, when it grew sloppy as the only question appeared to be the extent of its final margin.

After St. John's scored two baskets to open the period, Duke held the Redmen to one field goal in their next eight possessions.

DUKE -- Davis 3-5 1-1 7, G.Hill 7-8 1-1 15, Laettner 6-12 13-13 26, Hurley 2-5 10-12 14, T.Hill 3-8 8-8 14, Parks 3-6 3-3 9, Clark 0-1 1-2 1, Lang 0-0 0-2 0, Meek 2-2 0-0 4, Blakeney 0-0 1-2 1, Ast 0-0 0-0 0, Burt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-47 38-44 91.

ST. JOHN'S -- Sealy 13-22 9-11 37, Middleton 1-3 1-2 3, Werdann 2-6 2-2 6, Buchanan 1-5 5-8 7, Sproling 2-5 0-0 5, Scott 2-3 2-2 6, Cain 3-7 1-1 7, Green 1-1 0-0 2, Foster 3-5 0-0 6, Brown 1-1 0-0 2, Mullin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-58 20-26 81.

Halftime--Duke 48, St. John's 30. 3-Point goals--Duke 1-6 (Laettner 1-3, Davis 0-1, Hurley 0-1, T.Hill 0-1), St. John's 3-5 (Sealy 2-2, Sproling 1-1, Buchanan 0-2). Fouled out--G.Hill, Werdann, Cain. Rebounds--Duke 24 (Laettner 7), St. John's 28 (Sealy 6). Assists--Duke 15 (Hurley 8), St. John's 6 (Buchanan 3). Total fouls--Duke 24, St. John's 32. A--15,786.

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