INDIANAPOLIS - Outstanding 3-point shooting by Duke's three-man scoring tandem of Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer helped the Blue Devils build a 39-31 halftime lead over West Virginia on Saturday night in the NCAA semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Smith made three 3-pointers and Singler and Scheyer added two apiece as West Virginia virtually abandoned its 1-3-1 zone defense and played man-to-man. Overall, Duke shot 7-for-14 from 3-point range.
Singler, who shot 0-for-10 from the field in Duke's win over Baylor in the regional final, was 6-for-12 from the field with 14 points in the first half. Smith scored 11 in the first half but was called for his third foul late in the half.
Scheyer scored eight points, and Brian Zoubek contributed seven rebounds and three assists.
Devin Ebanks scored nine points to lead West Virginia.-- Ken Tysiac