Duke Embarrasses Xavier at The Meadlowlands, 82-64

Robert RozborilContributor IDecember 20, 2008

Embarrassing.  That is the only word for Xavier's performance in the first half against Duke as the final score, 82-64, does not tell the story of this game.

Everything was falling for the Duke offense as they surged to an 18-1 lead to start the game off.  Jon Scheyer and Brian Zoubek led the charge for Duke and didn't let Xavier have anything in the paint.

Xavier did not hit a single field goal until about five minutes into the game.

Despite having a better record than No. 6-ranked Duke (9-1) coming into the game, the No. 7-ranked Xavier (9-0) looked outmatched and couldn't get anything going offensively.  They also turned the ball over 10 times in the first half alone which Duke capitalized on several times.

The half ended with Duke up 55-24; not at all the type of score one would expect with these two teams playing each other. 

Xavier came out in the second half looking like a team on a mission.  They opened the half with a 7-0 run. Finally, the Xavier players looked like they had woken up and decided to play some basketball in the second half as they showed significant improvement over the first.

Xavier outscored Duke by 13 points in the second half but it was not nearly enough as they fell 82-64. 

Scheyer played a huge part in the blowout for the Blue Devils scoring 23 points and shooting 5-for-7 from three-point range. 

Duke dominated this game from the start never gave the Musketeers a chance to get back in it. 

Xavier is going to want to work hard to put this game far behind them.