EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Duke's talent, grit and mystique made
Michigan State crumble.
With stifling defense and balanced scoring, the Blue Devils
turned the marquee matchup of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge into a
Shelden Williams scored 16 points to lead four Blue Devils in
double figures and co-No. 6 Duke forced a slew of turnovers in a 72-50
victory over fellow No. 6 Michigan State (No. 5 AP) on Wednesday night.
Duke (4-1) took control of the game in the first half with a
20-2 run during which the Spartans committed 17 of their 20
"Our kids played an unbelievable game defensively," Duke coach
Mike Krzyzewski said. "And I think we were efficient for the first
time for a whole game on the offensive end."
The Blue Devils handed Michigan State (3-2) its most-lopsided
loss at the Breslin Center since a 25-point setback against
Minnesota in 1997, and just its fifth loss at home since the start
of the 1998-99 season.
"We played scared," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "I've
never seen anything like it."
"This is one of the most hostile environments we'll ever play
in," Randolph said. "And it showed a lot that we not only won,
but won handily."
When Duke didn't harass the Spartans into a turnover, it made it
tough for them to make shots. The same was not true when the Blue
Devils had the ball.
Duke shot 59.2 percent and limited Michigan State to 40 percent.
"We didn't want to give them anything easy," Duhon said. "We
wanted to contest every shot and every pass. Their possessions
weren't over until we got the rebound."
The Spartans have only begun one of the toughest schedules in
college basketball history.
Michigan State, which lost to top-ranked Kansas last week, will
play Oklahoma, Kentucky, Syracuse and UCLA before the Big Ten
"I guess you've got to watch what you wish for," Izzo said.
"You have to give Mike credit for changing the lineup, shaking
things up and getting guys to play hard," Izzo said.
The Spartans, who lack a true point guard, had 24 turnovers
At one point, Izzo sat between the two standouts toward the end
of the bench.
"It's about time our boys become men," Izzo said. "If that
means I'm calling them out, then I am."
Duke's defense led to Michigan State's horrific start.
The Spartans missed their first six shots and had six turnovers
less than five minutes into the game. But despite having as many
turnovers (10) as points, it led midway through the first half.
Moments later, Duke took over.
Its decisive run gave the Blue Devils a 33-15 lead with four
minutes left, and they led 38-24 at halftime.
Duke scored the first six points of the second half to earn a
20-point cushion that it didn't have any trouble maintaining.