Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Duke guard Smith injures knee in first half

Duke starting point guard Nolan Smith suffered an injury to his left knee in the first half of Wednesday’s game against Loyola of Maryland at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Blue Devils lead 48-23 at halftime, but suffered what could be a significant loss when Smith was hurt while defending a drive by Brian Rudolph with 8 minutes, 35 seconds remaining in the first half.

Smith collapsed near the Duke bench after the play and was taken to the locker room. He returned to the bench, where team medical personnel strapped an ice pack to the top of the knee.

Loyola committed 14 turnovers as Duke used 10 fast break points to build the 25-point lead. Gerald Henderson scored 14 points and Kyle Singler added 12 for the Blue Devils in the first half.