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Duke stays unbeaten

Posted: Monday, January 13, 2003

DURHAM, N.C. -- With its resume the last four seasons, there should be no surprise No. 1 Duke is the only undefeated team left in men's college basketball.

Dahntay Jones shook off a miserable start to score 15 of his 16 points in the opening 8 1/2 minutes of the second half as the top-ranked Blue Devils beat No. 17 Wake Forest 74-55 in a matchup of the last two Division I unbeatens Sunday night.

Duke (11-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its 20th straight in Cameron Indoor Stadium and 14th in a row against the Demon Deacons (10-1, 0-1). Wake Forest's last win here came in January 1997 with Tim Duncan as its center.

Wake Forest's streak of outshooting and outrebounding all of its opponents was stopped in embarrassing fashion after the Demon Deacons shot 34 percent in their ACC opener and turned it over 18 times.

Chris Duhon also was key for Duke, which has finished No. 1 in the last four Associated Press season-ending polls. The junior point guard scored 14 points and added nine assists in helping Duke to a 10-point halftime lead.

Duhon was 2-for-22 from 3-point range in his last six games, but sank three long-range shots in the opening 17 minutes as Jones was struggling to find his game.

And after struggling since getting off to a great start, freshman Shavlik Randolph came to play in this one against prep rival Eric Williams. Randolph had 15 points and seven rebounds, while the 280-pound Williams was a non-factor . on both ends of the floor for the Demon Deacons, who were held 32 points under their scoring average.

Jones started 0-for-6 from the field, but the senior didn't stop firing.

He sank an 18-footer 30 seconds into the second period, and after missing his next two shots, went on a tear that gave the Blue Devils a 24-point lead with 11:37 left.

Jones started his 5-for-6 stretch with a spinning move in the lane and ended it five minutes later with a 3-pointer as he scored 13 of Duke's 18 points during one stretch.

Skip Prosser had the first change in his lineup this season when Jamaal Levy started in place of point guard Justin Gray, who was late for a team function earlier in the week.

And Wake Forest got off to a fast start, but Duke closed the first half with a 10-0 run to take control.

Duhon had quite a final six minutes of the period. He nailed three 3-pointers in a span of 2:50 to get Duke's struggling offense jump started. After displaying his range, Duhon then fed Casey Sanders and Randolph for dunks as the Blue Devils went on top 37-27 at the break.

Wake Forest star Josh Howard, who missed one of his trips to Cameron Indoor Stadium and fouled out of the other two, struggled on offense, going 2-for-8 in the opening 20 minutes as the Demon Deacons shot 31.4 percent.

Howard finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

The Demon Deacons also had trouble holding the ball in the first half as Duke held a 16-2 edge on points off turnovers.



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