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Updated: Monday, November 25, 2002 11:42 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(4) Duke 95, Davidson 80
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DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Chris Duhon matched a career high with 20 points and freshman Shavlik Randolph added 17 and 12 rebounds as fourth-ranked Duke made its free throws late and held off stubborn Davidson, 95-80.

Davidson (0-1), which led for much of the first half, trailed 87-80 and had the ball with just over a minute to play. But Peter Anderer's off-balance 3-pointer missed and Randolph and Duhon each drained four free throws apiece to ice the victory.

"We feel fortunate to win," Duke coach Mike Kryzyzewski said. "I thought our kids did some real pressure things down the stretch in the last minute and a half because Davidson just never gave up."

Duhon also had 10 assists and eight rebounds to notch his second career double-double as the Blue Devils (2-0) won their 15th straight home contest and 16th in a row over the Wildcats, whom they downed 106-71 last season.

"We definitely played like a young team, but we are young," Duhon said. "It's only the second game of the season and we played a great team in Davidson. Now we just have to learn from that."

Wayne Bernard netted a career-high 28 points and freshman Ian Johnson, who kept Davidson in the game with nine points in a four-minute span of the second half, finished with 23 off the bench.

Davidson coach Bob McKillop could not have been happier with his team's effort, although the result was not pleasing.

"We have three seniors, one - Michel Lusakueno - who has never played more than 10 minutes in a game, Wayne Bernard, who is adapting to a new position and Peter Anderer has not been a starter," McKillop said.

The game featured 16 lead changes, the final one coming with 8:34 left in the first half when J.J. Redick drained a 3-pointer to give the Blue Devils a 34-32 lead.

Randolph's free throw gave Duke a 54-42 edge with 1:52 remaining. A jumper and two free throws by Johnson cut the deficit to 54-46 at halftime.

Duke came out looking more like the No. 4 team in the nation in the second half, playing stifling defense and going up by as much as 77-58 on a jumper by freshman Sean Dockery.

But Davidson crept back, largely due to the shooting of Johnson, who drained a 3-pointer, a jumper and two free throws that cut the deficit to 79-68 with 9:36 to go.

"Ian Johnson gave us great points with his back to the basket," McKillop said. "He's got terrific footwork and a soft touch."

Duke took an 84-71 lead on Duhon's free throw with 4:40 to go, but Davidson did not fold. Johnson drained a 3-pointer and a jumper around Anderer's 3-pointer and Bernard scored with 70 seconds left to slice the margin to 86-80. Redick hit 1-of-2 from the line six seconds later to push the lead to seven.

Anderer finished with 13 points for the Wildcats, who shot 45 percent (29-of-64) from the floor but were decisively beaten on the glass, 45-34.

Duke got a lot of production from its freshmen, as Randolph and Shelden Williams each blocked four shots and Redick totaled 15 points.

"We can use this game as a learning tool," Randolph said. "We have a lot of things to learn from this game."

Williams chipped in 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting for the Blue Devils, who shot 45 percent (30-of-67) from the floor. They held a huge advantage from the line, hitting 29-of-38 while Davidson converted 14-of-18 attempts.

The Wildcats took its biggest lead early, going ahead 7-2 on a three-point play by Bernard.


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