DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Ten minutes into its season opener, No. 2
Duke was struggling from the field and trailing by double figures
against a scrappy underdog.
So the Blue Devils turned to their defense until their shooting
finally came around.
The Blue Devils had to struggle to win for the 29th straight
time at Cameron Indoor Stadium, giving Krzyzewski his 664th career
victory to tie UCLA's John Wooden for 18th place on the NCAA
Division I list.
The Blue Devils hardly looked like the nation's second-ranked
team for most of the game. The Titans scored the first 12 points,
and the Blue Devils didn't take the lead until midway through the
"They fought every possession and we had to, too," Krzyzewski
said. "The last 30 minutes was outstanding defense by both teams,
and we had a little bit (more) firepower."
Duke made just 16 of 45 shots, but was 29 for 36 from the line --
including 20 of 22 free throws in the second half -- and pushed the
lead to double figures in the final five minutes.
Detroit shot 48 percent and stymied the Blue Devils' transition
game, holding them to five fast-break points. But the Titans went
just 8-for-10 from the line and committed 21 turnovers, leading to
26 Blue Devils points.
"In the huddle, we kept telling ourselves that the shots would
fall and to keep concentrating on defense," Deng said. "That was
our main focus."
James Thues scored 12 points to lead Detroit, which entered it
season opener as a 20-point underdog.
Trailing 41-37 midway through the second half, the Blue Devils
tied the game on free throws by Redick and Deng. After the teams
traded scores, Duke took its first lead at 45-43 on two free throws
by Shelden Williams with 9:07 to play.
Then, with his team leading 50-48, Chris Duhon hit a 3 with the
shot clock winding down for a five-point lead with 5:55 to play.
That sparked a 13-0 run, ending with Deng's 3 from the left wing
for a 63-48 lead with 3:04 left.
Krzyzewski called Duhon's shot the biggest of the game.
"I just felt like I needed to make that shot," said Duhon, who
had seven points and three steals. "It was a battle all day. ...
As a senior, I felt I should take that shot at that point, and it
Detroit took a 15-2 lead in the first nine minutes as the Blue
Devils misfired from all over the court.
Duke missed 13 of its first 14 shots, getting its first points
when Clarke Headen goaltended Deng's jumper with 12:22 left in the
half. The Blue Devils went 0-for-6 from behind the 3-point arc
during that stretch and had eight turnovers.
"Duke will send that knockout punch early," Detroit coach
Perry Watson said. "It's the first game of the season, your kids
haven't built a lot of game experience, so you've got to avoid that
first knockout punch. ... Surprisingly we just carried that on for
a long period of time."
Krzyzewski said he felt the Blue Devils were nervous early.
"We missed a couple things early that would get you off of that
and it gave them a little bit more confidence and us a little bit
less," he said.
Duke eventually rallied to 26-25 on Deng's driving shot with
1:20 left in the half. Thues responded with an up-and-under move on
Lee Melchionni in the lane to help the Titans to a 28-26 halftime
Duke shot 7-for-24 in the first half, including 3-for-13 from