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Blue Devils hit season-high 15 3-pointers

2/27/2004

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke used its brief vacation
from conference play to put on a stellar 3-point shooting display.

Daniel Ewing scored 20 points while Luol Deng added 18 to lift
the Blue Devils (No. 4 ESPN/AP, No. 5 AP) past Valparaiso 97-63 on Thursday night for their
41st consecutive home win.

Shavlik Randolph had 16 points for the Blue Devils (23-3), who
hit a season-high 15 3-pointers and jumped to a 26-point first-half
lead. J.J. Redick added 15 points for Duke.

Joaquim Gomes had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the
Crusaders (13-12).

The Blue Devils have the nation's longest active home winning
streak. Pittsburgh has won 40 straight at home and hosts Syracuse
on Sunday.

Whether knocking down open 3s off passes around the perimeter or
kickouts from the post, Duke found plenty of openings along the
perimeter. The Blue Devils went 15-for-26 from 3-point range -- many
coming against a first-half zone by Valparaiso -- and shot 48
percent.

Even Randolph and Nick Horvath -- reserves who were 0-for-12 from
behind the arc this season -- got into the act. Randolph hit two 3s
during Duke's initial burst, while Horvath drained one in the
second half.

"Most people haven't played us zone because we can shoot,"
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I wouldn't say we're like a
3-point shooting team, but if you're going to give it to us, we'll
shoot them and I think we can make a pretty good percentage of
them."

The Crusaders had won nine of 11 coming in, but got off to a
shaky start even before the opening tip.

During the national anthem, the team and the assistant coaches
turned to face the American flag in one end of the arena, while
head coach Homer Drew -- and everyone else in Cameron Indoor Stadium
-- faced a flag presented at midcourt.

Once the game started, the Blue Devils hammered the Crusaders
with a barrage of 3-pointers in the opening 11 minutes to prevent
any chance of an upset. They shot 10-for-16 from behind the arc in
the first half in taking a 53-29 lead.

Facing a zone for much of the half, Duke hit nine of its first
13 shots behind the arc, ending with Ewing's 3 from the left wing,
for a 39-13 lead with 9:15 left in the half.

"I think the difference in the game happened too early on us,"
Drew said. "If they could've been just human for a while and
missed some of those, it would've helped us stay a little bit
closer, which would've helped us with our confidence."

The Blue Devils got contributions from just about everywhere.

Shelden Williams, a 6-foot-9 center, assisted on three
3-pointers, kicking the ball outside when Crusaders defenders
collapsed. The sophomore -- who was 1-for-3 from behind the arc this
season -- also drained a 3 off penetration from Deng, sending the
Cameron Crazies into a frenzy.

Randolph, a 6-10 reserve, added two 3s despite shooting 0-for-7
behind the arc this season.

"This team's has a lot of good shooters on it, and if me and
Shelden are stepping out and hitting 3s, that's tough to defend,"
Randolph said.

Redick had a four-point play, draining a 3 in transition and
drawing a foul on Greg Tonagel for a 34-13 lead. Ewing then
followed with a dunk off a turnover and a 3, capping a 12-0 run.

Valparaiso got no closer than 16 points after that.

The Crusaders shot 31 percent and committed 16 turnovers that
led to 23 points by Duke.

"We really focused a lot on defense," Deng said. "We didn't
go over our offense a lot. With our big guys hitting shots, it just
seemed like everything was going in. It makes you want to play
defense more."