Duke rips Red Storm, 97-55

Boozer back on track with 20 points

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2002

DURHAM, N.C. -- St. John's coach Mike Jarvis agreed to schedule Duke so he could measure his team's progress and compete against a friend, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Even after the fourth-worst loss in Red Storm history, he still hopes to get invited back.

Jason Williams and Carlos Boozer each had 12 points in Duke's 35-1 run to close the first half and the third-ranked Blue Devils beat St. John's 97-55 Sunday.

This was the worst loss for St. John's (18-9), which started playing basketball in 1907-08, since losing 66-5 to Army on Dec. 13, 1922.

"Hopefully, my friend will give me an opportunity to play them a couple more times," said Jarvis, whose team lost 91-59 to Duke last year. "If he does, I promise the people of North Carolina that the next time we come, it'll be a 40-minute game and it won't be a 20-minute game."

Duke (25-2) missed eight of its first 10 shots to fall behind 20-13 midway through the first half, but scored 26 straight points and allowed just one free throw over the final 13 minutes to take a 48-21 halftime lead.

St. John's, which had won five of six, opened with a 10-4 run after making five of its first eight shots, but then went nearly 14 minutes without a field goal. The Red Storm had 13 turnovers and missed 15 straight shots before Anthony Glover scored on a putback 59 seconds into the second half.

It got so bad that Jarvis dropped his head and squeezed the bridge of his nose with two fingers after a turnover late in the half.

"We played well defensively after they gave us a huge hit at the start of the game," Krzyzewski said. "I think we sort of lost our man for about 12 minutes, then we locked in on people and played great defense."

Duke has won its last two games by an average of 35 points since losing 87-73 to No. 2 Maryland on Feb. 17. The Blue Devils have lost just 11 regular season games since 1997 and followed each loss by beating the next two opponents by an average of 25 points.

Duke has won 21 straight nonconference games and hasn't lost outside the Atlantic Coast Conference since an 84-83 setback to Stanford on Dec. 21, 2000.

"They've got an excellent team and the only way you're going to come in here and even have a chance of winning is to bring your 'A' game for 40 minutes," Jarvis said. "We didn't do that."

Williams finished with 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting. He had one assist and is one short of becoming the third ACC player to reach 1,800 points and 600 assists in a career. North Carolina's Phil Ford and Travis Best of Georgia Tech were the other players to do it.

No. 1 Kansas 88, Nebraska 87

Six days after partially cutting down the nets when they clinched at least a tie for the Big 12 regular-season title, the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks claimed it outright by rallying to beat Nebraska 88-87 Sunday.

The Jayhawks (25-2, 14-0) had to overcome a 12-point deficit in the second half and a school-record 18 3-pointers by Nebraska.

Nebraska (12-13, 5-9) has not won against a top-ranked team since beating Missouri 67-51 in 1982.

No. 2 Maryland 90, No. 20 Wake Forest 89

Juan Dixon made a technical foul shot with 1.3 seconds left after Josh Howard called a timeout that Wake Forest didn't have, giving the Terrapins their 10th straight win.

Lonny Baxter scored 25 points and Dixon added 20 for Maryland (23-3, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which trailed by 12 points shortly after halftime and finally regained the lead in the final two minutes.

Craig Dawson scored 27 points for the visiting Demon Deacons (18-10, 8-6), while Howard, who missed three of the previous four games with a sprained left ankle, had 18 points.

Michigan St. 57, No. 23 Indiana 54

Marcus Taylor scored half of his 16 points in the final 3:21 and had eight assists as the Spartans (17-10, 8-6 Big Ten) rallied from a 16-point deficit.

Jared Jeffries and Tom Coverdale each scored 11 points for the Hoosiers (18-9, 10-4), who lost for the ninth straight time at Michigan State.



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