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Sluggish Blue Devils avenge their loss to Florida State, 80-49

Posted: Friday, February 08, 2002

DURHAM, N.C. -- After its worst half of the season, No. 1 Duke just went with the flow.

Mike Dunleavy scored 20 points, Dahntay Jones added 18 and the Blue Devils shot 60 percent in the second half to get revenge on Florida State with an 80-49 victory Thursday night.

Three Duke players posted double-doubles for the game, with Dunleavy adding 10 rebounds to his 20 points, center Carlos Boozer of Juneau had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and guard Chris Duhon had 10 points and 10 assists. But it took awhile for the Blue Devils to get their act together.

Many believed the Blue Devils (21-1, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) would roll over a team that gave them their only loss a month ago. But that was far from the case as the Seminoles (10-11, 3-7) made Duke look more like an NCAA tournament bubble team than contender to defend its national title most of the night.

Then came a closing 36-11 run.

"We figured out we were just going to have to play by instinct," Dunleavy said. "We ran in transition and when we didn't have something we pulled it out and made plays.

"We didn't run one play in the second half, and that was the difference," Dunleavy added. "For the first time all year on offense we were taken back by how we couldn't score. But we settled down and got it done."

One Florida State fan even brought a broom to Cameron Indoor Stadium in case the Seminoles knocked off the nation's top team for the second time. But that may have been asking too much from a .500 club that shot 29 percent in the second half.

"I told our guys that Duke comes at you for 40 minutes and you've got to be able to attack back, and when you attack back you've got to score," Florida State coach Steve Robinson said. "If you don't score they can put such a barrage on you."

Duke, which won its ninth straight by double figures since the 77-76 road loss on Jan. 6, got its first 10-point lead with 13:57 left.

Then the Blue Devils got some additional breathing room minutes later as Dunleavy hit a baseline jumper, a 3-pointer and a driving slam in a 12-0 run for a 56-38 lead and the rout was on.

"Guys found holes in the defense and kicked it out to me," Dunleavy said. "A lot of it was off transition stuff. I'm learning how to finish strong in there against those big guys."

Florida State changed defenses and used its athletic ability to turn Duke's powerful offense into a walking turnover. Many Duke players shook their heads and showed frustration as an offense that averages 91.5 points a game bogged down until the final run.

No. 20 Stanford 90, No. 13 Oregon 87, OT

Casey Jacobsen's 41 points were impressive. Tony Giovacchini's three were clutch.

The two players led No. 20 Stanford to an overtime victory over No. 13 Oregon at Stanford. It was the second time in three games Jacobsen broke the 40-point mark.

The junior guard, along with Duke's Jason Williams the only returning All-Americans from last season, had 49 points against Arizona State a week ago.

But all he wanted to talk about was the 3-pointer by Giovacchini -- the Cardinal's only senior -- that tied the game at the regulation buzzer.

"When Tony hit that shot, it injected us with new life," Jacobsen said. "We had played a good game, but we just fell behind. These are the kind of games I hope I remember when I'm 40 or 50 and playing golf."

Jacobsen and Curtis Borchardt, who finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds, combined to make five free throws in the final two minutes of overtime for Stanford (14-6, 7-4 Pac-10). The Cardinal were 8-of-11 from the line in the extra five minutes.

No. 9 Gonzaga 84, Santa Clara 69

Dan Dickau scored 22 points and Zach Gourde added 16 as the visiting Bulldogs (21-3, 8-1 West Coast Conference) won their sixth straight and 18th in 19 games.

Kyle Bailey, who attended Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, had a career-high 30 points for the Broncos (9-13, 4-5), who trailed just 59-54 with 11:11 left.

No. 11 Arizona 91, Washington 82

Luke Walton had 17 of his 21 points in the first half for the Wildcats (16-6, 9-3 Pac-10), while Salim Stoudamire had 14 of his 17 in the second half and Jason Gardner scored 11 of his 13 in the final 20 minutes.

Doug Wrenn had a career-high 35 points for the visiting Huskies (8-14, 2-10), who rallied from a 19-point deficit to get within seven with nine minutes left.

No. 21 Illinois 68, Michigan 60

Brian Cook scored 19 points, including his team's first 12 of the game, and the Illini (16-7, 5-5 Big Ten) ended a three-game losing streak by winning in an opponent's gym for the first time this season.

Leon Jones had 14 points for the Wolverines (9-11, 4-6), who led by as many as 13 points in the first half and were outscored 11-3 to close the game.



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