Blue Devils Hold Off Tigers, 81-64


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CLEMSON - For a while Wednesday night No. 3 Duke looked human.
The Blue Devils struggled against Clemson in front of 8,000 at Littlejohn
Coliseum with point guard Jason Williams having his worst game of
the season. Duke led by just three with eight minutes left, but then Duke
became Duke and Clemson became Clemson at least for the next five minutes.
It was enough to give the Blue Devils a 81-64 win.


Duke (21-2 overall, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 56-53 with 8:46 left
after a lay-up by Clemson's Ed Scott. The Blue Devils then went on a 17-4
run over the next five minutes to put the game away against the Tigers
(10-13, 1-9).


Williams hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key, just his eighth point of
the game to give Duke a 62-55 lead with 6:11 left.


Clemson's Will Solomon missed a 3-pointer and then intentionally fouled
Shane Battier after the miss. Battier hit both free throws to give Duke a
68-55 lead with 4:56 left.


Solomon had a turnover and two missed 3-ponters during Duke's run.


Duke scored the first six points of the first half, but Clemson didn't go
away. Solomon led a Clemson run that cut the lead to 44-36 with 15:30 left.
He hit a 15-footer then Scott followed his own miss to score with 15:50
left. Solomon's 3-pointer cut the lead to 44-36.


The Tigers cut the lead to 44-40 on a 15-footer by Solomon and then to 46-44
on a 15-footer by Tony Stockman with 12:28 left in the game that forced Duke
coach Mike Krzyzewski to call a timeout.


Chris Hobbs' lay-up and free throw with 11:06 cut Duke's lead to 50-49.
Chris Duhon and Williams hit consecutive 3-pointers for Duke, but Scott's
reverse lay-up after a turnover by Williams kept Clemson within three with
8:46 left.


Duke led 33-25 at the half despite play perhaps its worst half of the
season. Williams, who came into the game leading Duke with 21.3 points a
game, was held to two points. Duke had 11 turnovers in the first 15 minutes
of the game (the Blue Devils came in averaging just 14 a game) and did
little on offense at times. The Blue Devils had an eight-minute stretch when
they scored just six points and allowed Clemson to climb back in the game.


Duke led 14-2 after a 3-pointer by Shane Battier from the top of the key
with 13:49 left in the half. Clemson had made just one of nine attempts and
had five turnovers, but outscored Duke 17-5 over the next eight minutes to
trail by one (20-19) after a lay-up and free throw by Ed Scott.


Clemson climbed back in the game without any offensive help from Solomon,
who was held to two points in the first half. Scott led the run with seven
points and Stockman had four points.


Duke went on an 11-0 run over the next two minutes after Scott's 3-pointer
cut the lead to one.


Battier scored five points during the run. His 15-footer from the baseline
gave Duke a 31-19 lead with 3:20 left in the half.


Scott cut Duke's lead to 33-25 with two free throws with 47.6 seconds left
in the half.


Clemson didn't help itself in the first half with ten turnovers. The Tigers
shot just 37 percent in the half while Duke hit nearly half of its shots.


Scott led Clemson in the first half with nine points while Nate James scored
12 to lead Duke. All of James' points came in the first 11 minutes.


(3) Duke 81, CLEMSON 64

DUKE (21-2)

Battier 4-10 5-8 15, Dunleavy 6-13 4-8 17, Boozer 2-5 5-6 9,
James 10-14 4-6 27, Williams 3-11 0-4 8, Buckner 0-0 0-0 0,
Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Duhon 2-3 0-2 5, Christensen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals
27-56 18-34 81.

CLEMSON (10-13)

Clifton 0-0 0-0 0, Hobbs 5-8 1-3 11, Henderson 0-2 0-0 0, Solomon
4-16 2-4 11, Scott 6-14 3-3 15, Stockman 6-18 0-0 12, Braddick
3-5 2-2 8, Nagys 3-4 1-2 7, Bains 0-0 0-0 0, Douglas 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 27-67 9-14 64.

Halftime-Duke 33, Clemson 25. 3-Point goals-Duke 9-23 (James 3-5,
Battier 2-6, Williams 2-7, Duhon 1-2, Dunleavy 1-3), Clemson 1-12
(Solomon 1-7, Stockman 0-5). Fouled out-Hobbs. Rebounds-Duke 44
(Dunleavy 17), Clemson 29 (Hobbs, Nagys 5). Assists-Duke 15
(Williams 11), Clemson 14 (Stockman 5). Total fouls-Duke 16,
Clemson 29.

A-10,700.

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