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Duke clips UNC in ‘great game’

February 6, 2004

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— Mike Krzyzewski thought this was more than just one of the best games in the storied rivalry between Duke and North Carolina.

"I think you do it an injustice to say it was a great Duke-Carolina game," he said of the top-ranked Blue Devils' 83-81 overtime victory Thursday over No. 17 North Carolina. "It was a great game. You can't match the intensity level."

There was a buzz in the Smith Center minutes after the game ended. It was the noise a crowd makes when it's disappointed, yet still energized.

"You're told it's a rivalry and everything, but when you're on the court, the emotion of everybody -- your teammates and the Carolina players -- it's like you're giving it everything," Duke freshman Luol Deng said. "It was just a fight from both teams, and Chris (Duhon) made an unbelievable play to win it for us."

Duhon's reverse layup with 6.5 seconds left in overtime gave Duke its 16th straight victory overall and fifth in the last six years on North Carolina's home court.

This one was over first-year Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, and the former assistant to Dean Smith left the court as did predecessors Bill Guthridge and Matt Doherty -- losers at home to Duke.

"That was a big-time college basketball game and it's tough saying that when you're on the short end," Williams said. "If I could coach to the enthusiasm we had in the building, I'd be one hell of a coach."

Shelden Williams had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Duke (19-1, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). He had two of his five blocks in overtime and also came up with a big defensive play in the final minute to force a turnover by the Tar Heels (13-6, 3-5).

"I told Shelden after the game, 'Your post defense was best when most people will have played their worst -- the end of the game,'" Krzyzewski said.

Stanford guard Josh Childress grabs a rebound in front of Arizona
State forward Ike Diogu, lower left, and forward Keith Wooden,
right, a former Free State High standout. The second-ranked
Cardinal remained undefeated with an easy 81-51 win Thursday in
Stanford, Calif.

Stanford guard Josh Childress grabs a rebound in front of Arizona State forward Ike Diogu, lower left, and forward Keith Wooden, right, a former Free State High standout. The second-ranked Cardinal remained undefeated with an easy 81-51 win Thursday in Stanford, Calif.

Daniel Ewing scored 19 points for Duke, while Deng had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and J.J. Redick added 14 points.

Rashad McCants scored 27 points for North Carolina, including the three-pointer with 13 seconds left that tied the game at 81. Sean May had 15 points and 21 rebounds for the Tar Heels, but was 7-for-18 from the field and missed a number of close-in shots.

"I told the team we all could point to one or two plays that you could have made that you didn't make that would have made a difference," Roy Williams said. "We had a lot of opportunities early from two or three feet, and we just didn't make the baskets."

No. 2 Stanford 81, Arizona State 51

Stanford, Calif. -- Rob Little scored 17 points, and Stanford won big to stay unbeaten despite being short-handed against Arizona State.

The Cardinal (19-0, 10-0 Pac-10) beat the Sun Devils for the 13th straight time and sixth in a row at Maples Pavilion, where a raucous, sellout crowd of 7,391 watched an inspired Stanford team dominate without two key players.

Matt Haryasz, a 6-foot-10 sophomore forward, sprained his right ankle during practice Tuesday. He was supposed to start in place of injured power forward Justin Davis, out at least three weeks because of a bruised bone and partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

No. 8 Gonzaga 93, Pepperdine 73

Spokane, Wash. -- Ronny Turiaf scored 22 points, and Gonzaga earned its 11th consecutive win. Blake Stepp added 18 points for Gonzaga (18-2, 8-0 West Coast Conference), now 21-0 at home when ranked. Pepperdine (9-14, 4-4) has been Gonzaga's closest rival in the WCC in recent years, winning the league crown in 2000 and sharing it with Gonzaga in 2002. But the Waves have now lost nine of their past 10 against the Bulldogs. Yakhouba Diawara, in his sixth game since resolving NCAA eligibility issues, led Pepperdine with 24 points. Terrance Johnson added 17.

California 87, No. 12 Arizona 83

Berkeley, Calif. -- Amit Tamir scored a season-high 21 points, including five three-pointers, and Leon Powe had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help California beat Arizona. Richard Midgley added 18 points, including a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to seal the victory for the Bears (10-9, 6-4 Pac-10), who snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Wildcats. Andre Iguodala scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Arizona (14-5, 6-4), which lost for the second time in eight days. The Wildcats, who opened the season ranked No. 4 in the AP poll, have lost three of their last six.

No. 24 Utah State 57, Cal Poly SLO 43

Logan, Utah -- Mark Brown scored 14 points, and Spencer Nelson had 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead Utah State over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for a victory in its first game as a ranked team in 33 years.

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