Saturday , Nov , 22 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Krzyzewski ties Wooden for wins as Duke survives Detroit

Durham, NC (Sports Network) – Freshman Luol Deng scored 21 points to lead
second-ranked Duke to a 67-56 win over Detroit in the season opener for both
teams at Cameron Indoor Stadium

J.J. Redick posted 19 points for the Blue Devils (1-0), who overcame a slow
start to post their fourth straight season-opening win. Coach Mike Krzyzewski
moved into a tie with John Wooden for 18th place on the NCAA’s all-time
Division I victories list with 664.

“I thought we were a little bit nervous to begin with,” said Krzyzewski. “It
shows how we’re still young. We missed a couple things early that would get
you off of that and it gave them just a little bit more confidence and us a
little bit less.”

James Thues finished with 12 points and Rulon Harris added 11 for the Titans
(0-1), who led 12-0 and built a 13-point edge midway through the first half.

“We know how tough this place is, we know how good the Blue Devils are and
about their tradition,” said Detroit head coach Perry Watson. “Really what it
was about for us was making sure we came out here and competed for 40 minutes
and executed.”

Willie Wallace added eight points for Duke, which trailed 20-9. The team
missed its initial 15 shots, and committed eight turnovers.

Three free throws by Harris opened a 15-2 advantage with 10:50 remaining
in the half.

Duke made 1-of-20 from the field to start the game and committed eight
turnovers.

Wallace’s layup opened a 22-9 lead for Detroit with 6:44 left. But the Blue
Devils ended the first half with a 15-6 run.

Daniel Ewing, Deng and Redick each posted five points during the flurry to
help bring them within 28-26.

Redick converted 10-of-10 from the foul line in the game.

Duke forged a 28-28 tie 1:04 into the second half on two free throws by
Sheldon Williams.

But Warren’s jumper, with 12:32 remaining, staked the Titans to a 39-33
advantage.

The Blue Devils finally took a 48-43 edge on six straight points. Two foul
shots by Williams with 9:09 remaining, and a jumper by Deng 1:19 later, put
the team ahead for good.

“When I said in the pre-season that we were going to score a lot of points, I
said it not thinking that we were going to play against a team that plays
defense like Detroit. What a good team they are and were tonight,” Krzyzewski
said.

A 19-13 scoring advantage the rest of the way extended the Blue Devils’ home-
winning streak to 29-games, the second longest in the country.

The Blue Devils improved to 2-0 in the all-time series between the teams, and
to 22-2 in season openers under Krzyzewski.

DETROIT DUKE