Duke's defense schools Temple

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2001

DURHAM, N.C. -- Top-ranked Duke taught a team that is noted for defense a thing or two about that phase of the game Wednesday night.

The Blue Devils (7-0) got 26 points from Jason Williams and 24 from Mike Dunleavy and played their best defensive game of the season in an 82-57 victory over Temple. Carlos Boozer, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, added 10 points and five rebounds for the No. 1 Blue Devils.

Duke forced 17 turnovers and held the Owls (3-3) to 37.5 percent shooting.

"We were more enthusiastic about playing defense," point guard Chris Duhon said. "We wanted to go out and make a statement on the defensive end and go out and attack. We haven't attacked for 40 minutes in the last few games, but today we made a big step in getting to the team we want to become."

Temple's Lynn Greer, coming off a 47-point game against Wisconsin two days ago, was hawked all night by Duhon or Dahntay Jones and finished with 22 points on 8-for-23 shooting.

"Coach had confidence in me to try to slow him down and I took that as a challenge," Duhon said. "I wanted to go out and get him out of his comfort zone."

The 6-foot-2 guard missed his first five shots before making a reverse layup with 8:18 left in the first half. But by that time the Blue Devils were well on their way to their 17th straight victory.

Williams and Dunleavy also had 10 rebounds each, while Duhon matched his career high with 11 assists.

Temple has played a brutal schedule so far, splitting six games against teams who made the NCAA tournament a season ago.

The game featured recent Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Mike Krzyzewski and John Chaney -- two coaches who have combined for 1,272 wins and 12 league championships.

But Chaney's famous zone defense was shredded by the Blue Devils, who came into the game out of sync offensively and shooting just 30.5 percent from 3-point range.

Duke passed the ball crisply around the perimeter until a wide open shot was available this time , making a season-high 13 3-pointers.

"They certainly have the ability to go back to the big show and do as well," Chaney said of the defending national champions.

No. 6 Florida 74, No. 24 Michigan State 70

Behind a career-high 23 points from Matt Bonner and a smothering full-court press, the Gators beat the Spartans in Gainesville, Fla.

Brett Nelson scored 15 points for the Gators (5-1), who won this second rematch against the Spartans (4-3) since the teams met in the national championship game in 2000.

The Gators led by 19 points midway through the second half, then survived a late scare when the Spartans made four quick 3-pointers to pull within four with 18 seconds left.

After Chris Hill hit the final 3, the Spartans stole the inbounds pass, but missed two 3-pointers as time expired, and Florida finally had its win in this series.

Marcus Taylor led the Spartans with 17 points.

No. 11 Kentucky 99, VMI 57

Tayshaun Prince scored 21 points and Keith Bogans had 16 as the Wildcats (4-1) won their fourth straight by shooting 50 percent from 3-point range and 56 percent overall. They outrebounded the visitors 50-28 and forced 23 turnovers.

Jason Conley had 24 points for the Keydets (1-3), who lost their third straight.

No. 17 Marquette 73, Dayton 51

Dwyane Wade scored 17 points and the Golden Eagles (8-0) continued their best start since going 10-0 in 1997-98, Wade had eight points in a 12-0 run that gave Marquette a 47-32 lead with 15:48 remaining.

Ramod Marshall and David Morris each had 10 points for the Flyers (3-3), who are unbeaten at home and winless on the road this season.

No. 20 UCLA 65, UC Riverside 50

Jason Kapono, forced to play point guard while freshman Cedric Bozeman recovers from knee surgery, scored 18 points to lead the Bruins (3-2). Kapono had seven points in a 16-0 run that gave UCLA a 54-37 lead with 7:54 to go.

Lloyd Cook had 14 points for the Highlanders (0-5), who were playing their fifth consecutive road game in their first official season in Division I.

No. 25 W. Kentucky 78, Akron 68

Filip Videnov and Todor Pandov each scored 13 points for the Hilltoppers (5-2), who were playing their second game without 7-foot-1 center Chris Marcus, who's out 4-to-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his ankle. Western Kentucky, which had lost two straight, led 51-32 with 12:36 to play.

David Falknor had 19 points for the Zips (2-5), who were playing their home opener.



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