NEW YORK (AP) _ No. 2 Duke never let Texas in the game Wednesday night, soundly defeating the Longhorns 95-69 to reach the finals of the Preseason NIT.

The Blue Devils (3-0) will meet Temple (4-0) in the championship game Friday night. The Owls advanced with a 69-61 victory over Indiana, which will play Texas in the third-place game.

Playing fundamentally sound basketball at both ends of the court, Duke wore Texas down early. The Blue Devils scored the game's first seven points and steadily increased the lead to as many as 20 points in the first half. It reached 31 in the second half.

Nate James scored the first three baskets of the game and in what seemed like no time, Duke had a 20-8 lead that just increased after that.

Duke led 46-29 at the half and then ran off an 18-4 spurt at the start of the second half to put Texas away.

Shane Battier, Carlos Boozer, Jason Williams and Mike Dunleavy quickly picked up the pace for the Blue Devils, taking turns at shredding the Texas defense. James led all scorers with 26. Williams had 20 and Battier 16.

Brandon Mouton led Texas (2-1) with 18 and Maurice Evans had 17.

Duke, making its fourth appearance in the Preseason NIT, will be bidding for its first championship here since the inaugural tournament in 1985, when the Blue Devils defeated Kansas.

Temple will be playing in the championship for the first time.