By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
The second match-up of the evening featured incoming Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and Hendrick of Durham as they squared off against Rutgers' Tyree Graham and Team McGladrey.
Former Kentucky star John Wall was in attendance as Irving put on a show from the start. Irving had nine points in a high scoring first quarter. Johnny Thomas, who suited up for Team McGladrey, slammed in a windmill dunk to the delight of the fans, but his team trailed by eight after an Irving lay-up with five seconds left in the opening period.
Mikael Faulkner came off the bench for Team McGladrey to knock down a pair of threes at the beginning of the second quarter, but Hendrick of Durham was on a scoring spree with big baskets by Graham, Michael Deloach and Chris Hill. Their team led 58-47 at the break.
Thomas continued his impressive play, tossing the ball off the backboard to set himself up for a two-handed dunk. Graham kept the game within reach midway through the third quarter, hitting a trey for three of his 32 points, but Irving and Duke teammate Josh Hairston continued to dominate on the other end. Graham knocked down one of two free throws with 20.7 seconds remaining, but Hendrick of Durham was up by 12 at the end of the quarter.
Both teams kept the scoring going in the final period of play. Thomas grabbed two of his 26 points on a one-handed jam, and Faulkner hit another deep three that cut Hendrick of Durham's lead to just seven. Deloach and NCCU's Nick Chasten had answers, however. The two each threw down a dunk on the other end, and Hendrick of Durham came away with the victory, 110-96.