November 20, 2008

COL BKB: Duke 83, Southern Ill. 58

Gerald Henderson scored 20 points Thursday and fifth-ranked Duke blew the game open down the stretch to defeat Southern Illinois 83-58.

The Blue Devils moved into the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic while running their record to 4-0.

Southern Illinois, which had gone to the NCAA Tournament six straight years before settling for an NIT bid last season, trailed by just eight points with 7 minutes remaining before Duke went on a late surge.

All of Henderson's points came in the second half and the Blue Devils got 13 each from Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler.

Carlton Fay led Southern Illinois (2-1) with 17 points.