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Area briefs: Blue Devils batter Bears

From wire and staff reports
DURHAM ó Kyle Singler scored 22 points and Brian Zoubek added 15 as No. 8 Duke routed Lenoir-Rhyne 95-42 on Wednesday night in a basketball exhibition
Singler was 9-of-11 from the field for the Blue Devils, who shot 60 percent.
Nolan Smith added 14 points for Duke, which held the Bears to one field goal over a 10-minute first-half stretch, took command with a 28-5 run and allowed 13 second-half points.
Lenoir-Rhyne, a SAC school best known for producing Texas coach Rick Barnes, kept things tight early before the Blue Devils took over. Greg Paulus started the game-breaking run by making three free throws with 13:44 left to break a 13-13 tie.
Over the next 10 minutes, Duke forced eight turnovers and held the Bears to 1-for-11 shooting. Lance Thomas capped the run with two free throws to make it 41-18 with 4:26 in the first half.
Josh Rudder scored 10 points for Lenoir-Rhyne, which missed 14 of its first 15 shots in the second half.
Duke opens the regular season Monday against Presbyterian in the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
Freshman Jon Hathcock (NW Cabarrus) got in for three minutes for the Bears and did not score.
– North Hills honors Richardson
The North Hills boys varsity basketball team beat the Davidson County homeschool team 50-40 on Monday.
North Hills was paced in scoring by D’shon Taylor, who scored 20 points, and Patrick Michael who had six.
The emotional game was dedicated to Jonny Richardson, who was killed in an auto accident in late October.
Richardson’s No. 52 North Hills jersey was retired in front of a standing-room-only crowd after the game.
– Griffith honored
Greensboro defender Drew Griffith (Salisbury) was named to the All-USA South Athletic Conference second team for men’s soccer.
– Ace at Irish Creek
Christian Shuping made a hole-in-one on the 152-yard No. 15 hole at the Club at Irish Creek on Tuesday.
Shuping used an 8-iron.
It was his first ace. Steve Shuping, Kirby Russell and Jimmy Hahn witnessed the feat.
– A.L. Brown tickets
Tickets for A.L. Brown’s varsity football at Concord will be on sale at Brown today and Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The cost is $6.
– Oden wins 5K
Ross Oden (East Rowan) won the Lexington Barbecue Festival 5K Hawg Run through uptown on Saturday.
Oden ran a time of 17:16 in cool conditions.
Central Davidson’s Will Conrad, Cody Bivens and Trey Crook were the next three runners.
Brad Oden, Ross’ brother and a promising freshman at East, placed fifth.
– Fields leads Wolfpack
Shayla Fields (Salisbury) led three N.C. State players in double figures with 17 points in a 59-53 victory over Premier Players in a women’s exhibition basketball game at Reynolds Coliseum on Wednesday night
A pair of free throws by Fields with 26 seconds left all but sealed the win.
Fields played 40 minutes. She shot only 5-for-14, but she hit two 3-pointers and made all five of her free throws. She had three assists and two steals.
– Catawba soccer
Catawba’s men’s soccer team ended its season with a 4-1 loss to top-seeded Tusculum in the first round of the SAC tournament on Wednesday.
Catawba (4-14) scored first on a goal by Tim Finotti who converted on a cross from Chad Villard.
Tusculum (16-2-1) outshot Catawba 19-8. Catawba keeper Tyler Held had seven saves over the first 60 minutes, while Ross Willard had one save over the final 30.
– Prep soccer
Lake Norman advanced in the 3A soccer playoffs with a 2-1 victory over previously unbeaten Marvin Ridge on Wednesday.
Paul Ruiz scored both goals for the Wildcats, including a kick he made with his heel with his back to the net.
– SAC football
Tusculum quarterback Corey Russell is second in Division II in total offense.
Russell is averaging 373.8 yards of total offense per game.

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