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Duhon leads the show for the Blue Devils

11/25/2002

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke has a young team this season, and the
Blue Devils played that way.

Chris Duhon matched his career high with 20 points and added 10
assists as the Blue Devils (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today; No. 6 Associated Press) needed a strong finish to
beat Davidson for the 16th consecutive time, 95-80 Monday night.

Duke (2-0) defeated Army by 48 points to start the season
Saturday, but struggled to put away the defending Southern
Conference champions in this one, turning the ball over 21 times
and shooting 40 percent in the second half.

It was a six-point game with 1:09 left.

''If we don't do a lot of really good things we don't win this
game,'' said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has six freshmen on
his roster. ''We don't have Laettner or Hill or Williams. This is a
different team and it has to earn its stuff.''

Wayne Bernard had 21 of his career-high 28 points in the opening
half and Ian Johnson added 23 in his collegiate debut as Davidson
put up a fight until Duhon took over down the stretch.

''Bernard was sensational,'' Krzyzewski said. ''He had great
poise. He showed what a veteran he is.''

''He was the best player on the court tonight,'' Duhon added.
''He led his team and he hit big shots.''

The previous high for the senior guard was 27 against Penn in
November 2000.

''When you can attack for 40 minutes in Cameron Indoor Stadium
it's quite a statement about toughness, about where we might be
headed if we continue to have this kind of attitude,'' Davidson
coach Bob McKillop said. ''I am absolutely thrilled about this 40
minutes.''

Duhon scored six points over the final 3:01, including a driving
layup and four of the team's nine free throws in the last 1:03.

Duhon also had 20 points against Virginia on Feb. 14, 2001.

The Duke captain knows the Blue Devils have a lot of work to do
in the coming months.

''We played very young,'' Duhon said. ''We have a lot of people
who don't have a lot of game experience. This is good for us. This
gave us an opportunity to play in a pressure situation and to see
how we can overcome it.''

Three of Davidson's starters had four fouls with 13:52 left,
hampering the comeback effort by the Wildcats.

The Blue Devils led by as many as 19 with 13:47 left and
appeared in control after a four-point play by J.J. Redick and two
free throws by Shavlik Randolph. But the Wildcats refused to go
away, cutting the margin to six with 1:09 left on a driving layup
by Bernard.

The Blue Devils, who sank 30 of 45 free throws in their opener,
then sealed it at the foul line.

Randolph added 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Redick had 15
points and five steals.

Duhon kept Duke in it early when its offense struggled, turning
the ball over nine times in the opening 7:42.

The point guard had 11 points and six assists in the first half,
but he couldn't keep up with Bernard, who sank three 3-pointers in
a four-minute span en route to a 21-point half on 8-for-13
shooting.

Neither team led by more than five until Duke opened the gap
late in the half as the Wildcats managed just 14 points over the
final 11 minutes.

The Blue Devils turned it over 14 times in a 101-53 victory over
Army, but coughed it up 13 times in the opening 20 minutes against
Davidson, which took away much of Duke's inside game by using
double teams in the post.

''We've got to be more alert, we've got to be stronger with the
ball and the other big man that is not being doubled has to move to
get open to make the pass easier,'' Randolph said.

''As hard as that game was for us, and as many bad things as we
did, one very positive thing was we stepped up to the plate at the
end. For a young team like us that was very positive and something
we can take out of this game,'' he said.

Duke reserve forward Nick Horvath missed the game with a stomach
ailment.