DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Dahntay Jones scored 22 points off the bench and freshman J.J. Redick added 20 as top-ranked Duke pulled away in the second half for an 86-58 victory over Fairfield.
The Blue Devils (8-0) steadily broke open the game in the second half after holding a 43-31 lead at the intermission. Duke has won 18 straight home games since a loss to Maryland on Senior Day in 2001.
Fellow freshman Shelden Williams contributed 16 and 10 rebounds for Duke, which improved to 163-8 against non-conference opponents at Cameron Indoor Stadium under Mike Krzyzewski.
"I thought we played against a team that was playing their hearts out," Krzyzewski said. "In the second half, our half-court defense was outstanding. We stopped fouling and showed much more discipline on the defensive end than we showed in the first half."
Fairfield (5-5) had more turnovers (23) than baskets (22).
Oscar Garcia scored 19 points and Deng Gai added 12 for the Stags, who dropped to 0-2 all-time against the Blue Devils.
"Unfortunately, we looked rattled," Fairfield coach Tim O'Toole said. "We made too many mistakes, but that's what they do to you. They take you out of your game."
O'Toole knows plenty about Duke - he was an assistant under Krzyzewski in the mid-1990s.
"It was an unbelievable experience for our guys," O'Toole said. "This is the third time in five years we've played the No. 1 team in the country. For our guys to come into Cameron is a chance of a lifetime and they won't forget it."
Duke point guard Chris Duhon handed out 10 assists, but made just 1-of-11 shots and finished with only three points.
"We let them off the hook a little bit," Duhon said. "Plus, they're a team that is going to play hard. We didn't do some things we needed to do. Again, we're still continuing to learn. This team is not nearly established yet."
In their final game before the start of Atlantic Coast Conference play at unbeaten Clemson on Sunday, the Blue Devils shot only 39 percent (27-of-69) from the field. But they held Fairfield to 37 percent (22-of-59), including just 1-of-9 from 3-point range.
"We're a good team that wants to get a lot better," Krzyzewski said. "The only way you get better is to play games like the one on Sunday."
The Stags closed within 10 in the final minute of the first half, but Redick hit an off-balanced jumper just before the buzzer to give the Blue Devils momentum.
"We're getting there," Duhon said. "We're still taking strides that we we need to. We took another big stride today."