Juggled lineup, same result

Boozer scores 23 points, grabs 13 rebounds to lead No. 1 Duke to 12th straight win

Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2002

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dahntay Jones sailed over Davidson's tallest players for a one-armed flying slam dunk that drew a foul. As he turned to celebrate, his Duke teammates swarmed him for a round of chest-bumping.

Jones had just proved he could be valuable coming off the bench, making the top-ranked Blue Devils all the more dangerous.

Jones scored 19 points in his first appearance as a reserve this season, and 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer added 23 points and 13 rebounds as Duke extended its winning streak to 22 games with a 106-71 victory over Davidson on Wednesday night.

Jones and Boozer also teamed to celebrate Jones' second-half dunk.

"It was a phenomenal dunk, something you only see from Kobe Bryant or Tracy McGrady," Boozer said. "To see him go among the trees and dunk over the giants, and then make the free throw, it got us pumped."

Jones started the game on the bench for Duke (12-0) because coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to try to add some flexibility to the lineup. Casey Sanders started in his place, but Jones didn't seem to mind.

He entered the game midway through the first half and broke open what was a surprisingly close contest with seven straight points. He shot 6-for-13 and made all six of his free throws in 26 minutes.

"It was different, but it gave me a chance to pick my spots," Jones said. "It felt the same as if I was starting, and if it continues to be that way, I won't take it personally because I;m just here to compete and contribute any way I can."

Krzyzewski said he wasn't sure what might happen with the lineup in the future. He might not have a choice, though.

Mike Dunleavy left the game with a sprained left ankle eight minutes into the game. Although Krzyzewski said the injury shouldn't keep the junior forward out of Saturday's ACC opener against Florida State, he admitted it was the same ankle Dunleavy sprained earlier this season.

"We want to start looking at different ways to develop as a team," Krzyzewski said. "I think we had become stagnant when we went small, so we're trying to develop a little more flexibility and get different looks."

Jason Williams added 18 points for Duke, while Chris Duhon and Daniel Ewing scored 11 each.

Wayne Bernard scored 14 points to lead Davidson (7-5), a Southern Conference school that fell to 1-2 against ACC teams this season.

The Wildcats earned one of their biggest wins in school history earlier this season by knocking off North Carolina 58-54.

"We are not in the ACC," Davidson coach Bob McKillop said. "It has been wonderful experience to be on this national stage this past month and I am very optimistic this experience will make us better going into conference play."

The contest was considered a home game for Davidson, although it was played 20 miles away from its campus at the Charlotte Coliseum. But the majority in the crowd of 11,753 -- the largest ever for a Davidson home game -- turned out wearing blue in support of Duke. A resounding cheer of "Sit Down" poured down on Davidson center Martin Ides when he fouled out in the second half.

Just like the crowd, things turned against the Wildcats early.

Duke took a 9-0 lead, but Davidson creeped into the game and even took leads of 16-15 and 19-18. But Jones led Duke on a 12-0 run that overmatched Davidson could not recover from.

"Dahntay coming off the bench is a good role for him and for us because no other team will have someone as good as him coming off the bench," Boozer said. "It was an experiment and he played fantastically."

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