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Updated: Saturday, November 20, 2004 11:29 PM EST
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(12) Duke 88, Tenn Martin 46

DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- A trio of Naismith Award finalists led No. 12 Duke its fifth straight season-opening victory.

J.J. Reddick and Daniel Ewing both scored 20 points and Shelden Williams added 13 along with 15 rebounds in the Blue Devils' 88-46 rout of Tennessee-Martin.

Reddick, who finished with four 3-pointers, scored 12 points in the first half as Duke shot just 31 percent (13-of-41) en route to 39-25 lead at the half.

"I didn't think we were playing poorly in the first half," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I thought we were a little bit nervous shooting the ball in the first half. But I think that was just because it was the first game. I didn't think were nervous in any other aspect of the game."

The Blue Devils came out firing in the second half, outscoring the Bulls, 32-6, over the first 8:49.

"One of the points we made at halftime was that we had to play (offense) the same way we played on defense," Williams said. "We got out, hit our first couple of shots, got onto a roll, and took it all from there."

Freshman DeMarcus Nelson totaled 10 points and nine rebounds and Shavlik Randolph added 11 and 12 for Duke, which outrebounded the Skyhawks, 57-33.

"That's what we're going to have to do, because on certain nights, myself, J.J. (Reddick), Shelden (Williams), or Shav (Randolph) might not give you the average that they'd been making in previous games," Ewing said. "And guys like David (McClure) and DeMarcus (Nelson) and Lee (Melchionni) and Sean (Dockery) - those guys have to step up and make plays for us, and they did tonight. Guys continue getting better for us, and if they continue to do that, then I think we'll be a good team."

The Blue Devils, who grabbed 26 offensive boards en route to 28 second-chance points, had six players score in double figures.

Ewing matched a career high with five of Duke's 17 steals and Randolph blocked three shots to key a strong defense effort.

"That's the type of team we have to be, regardless of whether our shots are falling and what we're doing on offense," Ewing said. "We have to be able to come out and stop guys on the defensive end, because when it comes down to it, that's what will win games for you."

Tennessee-Martin (0-1) starter Jared Newson picked up where he left off last season, leading the Skyhawks with 14 points and seven rebounds.


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