Friday, February 08, 2002

Duke sluggish in win


But No. 1 Blue Devils finish fast to route Florida St.

The Associated Press

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Duke's Jason Williams (22) and teammate Dahntay Jones.
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        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.

        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 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.

        All-America guard Jason Williams had one of his worst shooting games of the season. The ACC scoring leader came in averaging 21.9 but had seven points on 3-for-13 shooting and Duke coughed it up 21 times.

        Monte Cummings of Florida State, who averages a team-leading 15.6 points, was held to one point.

        “Monte Cummings won't be the first nor will he be the last guy who is a good scorer who comes in here and does not find the mark,” Robinson said.

        FLORIDA ST (10-11) — Joiner 5-11 0-0 13, A.Dixon 2-7 1-2 5, Harvey 4-7 0-0 8, Arrington 3-7 0-0 6, Cummings 0-9 1-2 1, Bracy 2-6 0-0 4, Haywood 0-0 0-0 0, Mathews 2-5 3-4 7, N.Dixon 1-2 0-0 2, Krieg 0-0 0-0 0, Waleskowski 1-5 0-0 2, Richardson 0-5 1-2 1. Totals 20-64 6-10 49.

        DUKE (21-1) — Jones 8-11 1-1 18, Dunleavy 8-16 0-0 20, Boozer 5-8 2-4 12, Duhon 3-8 2-2 10, Williams 3-13 1-2 7, Horvath 1-5 0-0 2, Ewing 3-6 1-2 8, Buckner 0-1 0-0 0, Sanders 1-2 1-2 3, Christensen 0-0 0-0 0, Love 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 32-71 8-14 80.

        Halftime—Duke 27, Florida St. 23. 3-Point goals— Florida St. 3-14 (Joiner 3-5, Bracy 0-1, Richardson 0-1, Waleskowski 0-2, Arrington 0-2, A.Dixon 0-3), Duke 8-24 (Dunleavy 4-9, Duhon 2-6, Jones 1-1, Ewing 1-2, Horvath 0-1, Williams 0-5). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Florida St. 34 (Harvey 6), Duke 52 (Boozer 12). Assists—Florida St. 8 (Arrington 4), Duke 19 (Duhon 10). Total fouls—Florida St. 19, Duke 16. A—9,314.

        No.11 Arizona 91, Washington 82
       
TUCSON, Ariz. — Salim Stoudamire had 14 of his 17 points in the second half and Jason Gardner scored 11 of his 13 in the final 20 minutes for the Wildcats (16-6, 9-3 Pac-10).

        Doug Wrenn had a career-high 35 points for the Huskies (8-14, 2-10), who rallied from a 19-point deficit to get within seven in the final nine minutes but lost their third straight.

        Luke Walton had 21 points for Arizona, just four in the second half.

        WASHINGTON (8-14) — Knight 1-3 0-0 3, Leep 3-7 0-0 9, Dixon 4-7 3-7 11, Massingale 3-6 0-0 6, Allen 2-6 0-0 4, Wrenn 15-23 5-11 35, Conroy 3-6 0-2 7, Barnard 0-3 0-0 0, Brown 2-4 0-1 5, Day 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 34-68 8-21 82.

        ARIZONA (16-6) — Walton 8-11 4-8 21, Anderson 5-9 0-5 11, Frye 6-9 4-5 16, Bynum 0-5 1-3 1, Gardner 3-12 5-6 13, Stoudamire 5-9 5-6 17, Schwertly 1-1 0-0 2, Latimore 1-1 0-0 2, Fox 4-4 0-1 8. Totals 33-61 19-34 91.

        Halftime—Arizona 43, Washington 34. 3-Point goals— Washington 6-19 (Leep 3-5, Knight 1-2, Brown 1-3, Conroy 1-3, Wrenn 0-1, Barnard 0-2, Allen 0-3), Arizona 6-16 (Stoudamire 2-3, Gardner 2-5, Walton 1-2, Anderson 1-2, Bynum 0-4). Fouled out—Day. Rebounds—Washington 37 (Wrenn 9), Arizona 33 (Frye 10). Assists— Washington 17 (Conroy 8), Arizona 14 (Gardner 7). Total fouls—Washington 25, Arizona 21. A—14,574.

        No.20 Stanford 90, No.13 Oregon 87 (OT)
       
STANFORD, Calif. — Casey Jacobsen had 41 points and he and Curtis Borchardt combined to make five free throws over the final two minutes of overtime for the Cardinal.

        It was the second time in three games Jacobsen scored at least 40 points.

        Stanford (14-6, 7-4 Pac-10) was 8-of-11 from the foul line in the overtime. Borchardt had 24 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Cardinal.

        Frederick Jones matched his career-high with 36 points as the Ducks (17-6, 9-3) had their three-game winning streak snapped.

        No. 21 Illinois 68, Michigan 60
       
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Brian Cook scored 19 points, including his team's first dozen, as Illinois ended a three-game losing streak.

        The Illini (16-7, 5-5 Big Ten) won in an opponent's gym for the first time this season by overcoming a 13-point first-half deficit.

        Leon Jones led the Wolverines (9-11, 4-6) with 14 points, while LaVell Blanchard and Dommanic Ingerson each had 10.

        Williams, who announced before the season that he was entering the NBA draft after his junior year, didn't score until 17:11 was left in the game, then didn't score again for nearly 12 minutes. Williams finished with 10 points on 2-of-7 shooting, and often appeared disinterested, following a trend that even his own coach has bemoaned.

        Williams made two free throws to give Illinois a 59-57 lead with 3:08 left in the game, the 10th and final lead change in the second half alone.

        The Illini outscored Michigan 11-3 over the final few minutes.

        The game started out much differently.

        Michigan took a 27-14 lead and would have led by even more if not for Cook.

        Illinois outscored the Wolverines 18-3 over the final five minutes of the half to take a 32-30 lead.

        ILLINOIS (16-7) — Ferguson 0-1 0-0 0, Cook 7-16 4-4 19, Smith 1-2 2-2 4, Williams 2-7 6-6 10, Bradford 4-12 0-0 10, Archibald 1-1 0-0 2, Harrington 3-7 0-1 9, Johnson 3-5 2-2 10, Head 2-5 0-0 4, Powell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-56 14-15 68.

        MICHIGAN (9-11) — Gibson 1-1 2-6 4, Blanchard 5-12 0-0 11, Young 4-6 0-0 8, Gotfredson 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 4-9 4-4 14, Robinson 3-11 1-1 8, Queen 1-5 0-1 2, Bailey 0-0 2-2 2, Ingerson 4-9 0-0 11. Totals 22-54 9-14 60.

        Halftime—Illinois 32, Mich. 30. 3-point goals—Illinois 8-24 (Harrington 3-7, Johnson 2-4, Bradford 2-6, Cook 1-2, Head 0-2, Williams 0-3), Mich. 7-24 (Ingerson 3-6, Jones 2-7, Robinson 1-3, Blanchard 1-5, Gotfredson 0-1, Queen 0-2). Rebounds—Illinois 38 (Cook 9), Mich. 31 (Young 9). Assists—Illinois 15 (Bradford, Johnson 4), Mich. 12 (Blanchard, Queen 3). Total fouls—Illinois 18, Mich. 15. A—10,710.

       



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