DURHAM, N.C., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Carlos Boozer scored 20 points Sunday night as top-ranked Duke overcame a sluggish first half to win its 20th consecutive home opener, 104-62 over Portland.
Boozer, who went 11 for 11 in last season's meeting with Portland, was eight of 14 and grabbed 13 rebounds as Duke breezed through the final 20 minutes.
The Blue Devils (4-0), who played three games in three days en route to winning their third Maui Invitational, scored the first eight points but missed 14 of its first 15 shots en route to a 37-21 halftime lead.
Duke shot just 38 percent in the first half but warmed up to shoot 57 percent during the final 20 minutes.
The Blue Devils' defense was outstanding, forcing six straight turnovers to open the game.
It did not take long for Duke to put away the game in the second half. Following Mike Dunleavy Jr's. turnover on its first possession, Duke went on a 20-2 run that extended its lead to 57-23 midway through the period.
During the burst, Boozer had a three-point play, an easy layup and a bank shot.
Casey Frandsen scored 28 points for Portland, which shot 41 percent.