NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The loss of guard Sean Dockery was well felt, but No. 10 Duke showed resolve in a tough non-conference win over St. John's, 58-47.
J.J. Redick scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half and Daniel Ewing had all nine of his after halftime as No. 10 Duke hung on for a 58-47 nonconference victory over scrappy St. John's.
Duke (21-4) played most of the game out of sync in its first game playing without Dockery, who suffered a torn MCL in his right knee on Wednesday in a victory over Georgia Tech.
"This is the first game we don't have Sean Dockery," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "The dynamic that is created in not having him is a huge one. It is a loss for us, because it changes Daniel's (Ewing) role."
It showed in the first half as the duo of Ewing and Redick combined to shoot 0-for-10 from the field with just two points. Redick also picked two fouls in the first six minutes of the game, and was ineffective, missing all four of his shots.
"It was tough for us to score," Krzyzewski said. "It has been a long, tough week for us. I think our team needs a little break, we are a little bit worn down."
But Lee Melchionni picked up the scoring slack by recording 14 of his career-high 16 points in the opening 20 minutes as the Blue Devils took a 28-17 lead at halftime. Duke also took advantage of St. John's sloppy ballhandling, scoring 15 points off of 13 turnovers.
"(He) has just had an incredible week for us," Krzyzewski said. "He had his best game against Wake Forest, played well against Georgia Tech and was our best player today."
St. John's (9-16) still hung tough, and climbed within four points when Lamont Hamilton converted a reverse layup off a feed from Darryl Hill with 7:52 remaining, forcing Duke to call a timeout.
But after the timeout, Redick quickly deflated St. John's momentum as he nailed his second field goal of the game - a 3-pointer - to push the lead to 44-37.
With the Red Storm still scrapping, Ewing nailed another 3-point basket as Duke took control of the game and led 50-41 with 2:38 remaining.
Redick finished 2-of-11 from the field and Ewing shot 3-of-12 for Duke, which posted its ninth win in the last 11 meetings against St. John's despite shooting 33 percent (16-of-49).
"It was just one of those games," Redick said. "We just couldn't get into any kind of rhythm."
"We just play hard and figure out a way to win," Krzyzewski said. "We may not look real good and we are probably not real good at certain times, but we have a good heart. We play together and we figure out ways to win basketball games."
Hamilton scored 15 points and Hill scored 10, but along with Eugene Lawrence, committed six turnovers apiece.
"I think it is inexperience," St John's coach Norm Roberts said. "We have a freshman running the point, handling the ball and we have sophomores playing major minutes."