Duke holds off Kentucky

Williams scores career-high 38 points, Boozer adds 15 as Blue Devils win in OT thriller

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2001

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mike Krzyzewski put top-ranked Duke's winning streak in Jason Williams' hands.

"I rode him as hard as a jockey can ride a horse," the Blue Devils coach said. "I just kept calling his number."

On his uniform that would be 22, and on the stat sheet that would be a career-high 38 points that carried Duke to a 95-92 overtime victory over No. 7 Kentucky on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

"He was phenomenal," Krzyzewski said. "He put on one of the really sensational performances under pressure that you're going to see."

The junior guard scored 23 of his team's final 31 points in regulation.

"I don't know what I was in. I was just playing basketball and I was just trying to win the game," Williams said. "I don't know if you want to call it the zone, the flow or whatever, I was just in the game and wanting to win."

Duke, the defending national champion, was down 59-47 with 12:30 remaining when Williams took over. He scored every way imaginable and his 3-pointer with 5:10 left gave Duke (10-0) a 68-67 lead, its first since being up 31-30 in the first half.

Williams, whose previous career-high was 35 points two games ago against Michigan, proved he wasn't perfect when he missed the second of two free throws with 8.8 seconds left in regulation to leave the game tied at 78. Kentucky's Cliff Hawkins missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the game went to overtime.


Williams gave Duke the lead for good in the overtime with a three-point play that made it 91-89 with 1:39 left. He found 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer for a layup with 58 seconds to go to make it a four-point lead, 93-89.

The Wildcats (6-2), who had a six-game winning streak of their own, closed to 93-91 on two free throws by Keith Bogans with 43 seconds left, but Dahntay Jones iced it for Duke when he converted an offensive rebound with 9.6 seconds left.

"Overall it was a great game," Kentucky's Tayshaun Prince said. "The only thing was we didn't put the game away."

Mike Dunleavy added 21 points and eight rebounds for Duke, which improved to 16-1 in the Meadowlands Arena, while Boozer had 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

"He's been doing that for two years," Dunleavy said of Williams, an All-American last season and a preseason choice this year. "You don't want to always expect it out of him but it's something he does. He is the best player in the country and he proved it again tonight. What he does, he led us to victory."

No. 22 Alabama 70, Temple 67

Erwin Dudley had 14 points and 11 rebounds and combined with Maurice Williams for a late game-saving steal against Owls guard Lynn Greer to lead the Crimson Tide (8-2) in the other Jimmy V Classic game.

Temple (3-5) trailed by 15 points with 4:13 to go, but went on a 15-2 run to draw within two, and the Owls had one chance to take the lead and another later to tie the game.

David Hawkins, who missed the first seven games for academic reasons, had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Temple.

No. 4 Florida, High Point 49

Matt Bonner had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 4 Florida scored the first 26 points of the second half in a victory over High Point.

Brett Nelson made four 3-pointers and scored 18 points as the host Gators (8-1), won their seventh straight.

No. 9 Illinois 87, Illinois State 73

Frank Williams scored 29 points to lead Illinois over Illinois State.

Brian Cook finished with 10 points for host Illinois (8-2).

Baboucarr Bojang and Gregg Alexander each had 15 points for the Redbirds (4-5).

No. 13 Stanford 97, Belmont 63

Casey Jacobsen scored 25 points as No. 13 Stanford beat Belmont in the first round of the Stanford Invitational.

Curtis Borchardt added 19 points as the Cardinal (5-1) improved to 37-1 at home against nonconference opponents in the past six years. Stanford will face Portland State, a 76-63 winner over Santa Clara, in Wednesday's championship game.

Wes Burtner scored 19 points for the Bruins, who lost their fourth straight road game.

No. 22 Oklahoma 109, E. Illinois 50

Aaron McGhee scored 22 points and Hollis Price added 18 to lead No. 22 Oklahoma past visiting Eastern Illinois, the Sooners' seventh straight victory.

Daryan Selvy had a career-high 18 points and Jason Detrick added 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for Oklahoma (8-1).

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