Krzyzewski passes Wooden with Great Alaska Shootout win
Anchorage, AK (Sports Network) – Daniel Ewing and Luol Deng each poured in 20
points to lead four Blue Devils in double-figures, as second-ranked Duke
overpowered the Pacific Tigers, 82-69, in the first round of the Great Alaska
Shootout from Sullivan Arena.
The win gave coach Mike Krzyzewski his 665th career victory, pulling him into
sole possession of 17th place on the all-time win list at the Division I
level. Krzyzewski passed the legendary John Wooden, who he tied with a 67-56
win over Detroit last weekend.
Shelden Williams contributed 13 points and J.J. Redick scored 11 of his 13
points in the first half, and Duke (2-0) moved on to play Liberty in the
second round on Friday. Liberty beat Canisius College, 65-48, in an earlier
Miah Davis led all scorers with 24 points and Guillaume Yango added 18, but an
overmatched Tigers (1-1) squad still dropped its first contest of the year.
Pacific prevailed over San Jose State in its season-opener, 76-65, in
overtime on November 21.
Duke shot well over 50-percent from the field in the first half, but still led
by only six at the break.
But the Blue Devils opened up the second half on a 17-5 run to grab firm
control of the contest. Ewing buried two three-pointer and a layup during the
spurt, and Duke led 56-38 with 14 minutes to play.
Later, a Shavlik Randolph free throw gave Duke its largest lead of the game,
22 points, at 63-41. But the Tigers ripped off a 15-3 run to pull within 10
points at 66-56 with 7 1/2 minutes to go.
Pacific had Duke’s lead down to eight at 72-64 on a pair of Davis free throws
after Williams fouled out with 3:52 to play, but could get no closer. Ewing
and Deng hit three-pointers on consecutive possessions to open up a 14-point
advantage with less than two minutes to go, and the Blue Devils hung on from
At the 10-minute mark of a low-scoring first half, Pacific still led 14-12,
with Yango scoring six points. But Redick and Deng followed with back-to-back
three pointers to grab a four-point lead.
Duke couldn’t shake Pacific, though, and the Tigers took off on a 6-0 run
three minutes later to re-take the lead at 24-22. The teams went on the see-
saw after that, and it took a 12-5 Duke run to close out the half to put the
Blue Devils up 39-33 after 20 minutes.
Yango led all scorers at the half with 12 points and Redick paced the Blue
Devils with 11.
This is the third appearance for Duke in the Great Alaska Shootout, and it
holds a 6-1 overall record in the tournament. Former Duke All-Americans
Trajan Langdon and Carlos Boozer hail from the state of Alaska.
These teams have never met in the continental U.S. The squads had met only
once before, with Duke winning 68-66 in the second round of the 1983 Rainbow
Classic from Hawaii.