DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Freshman Luol Deng's promising debut rescued Duke from a rough opener.
Deng scored 21 points and J.J. Redick added 19 as the second-ranked Blue Devils rallied to stretch their home winning streak to 29 games with a 67-56 victory over Detroit.
Duke (1-0) fell into a 12-0 hole and scored just four points in the opening 10 minutes. The Blue Devils shot a frigid 29 percent (7-of-24) in the first half and missed their first seven shots of the second.
"I thought we were a little bit nervous to begin with," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "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."
But Deng's 11 first-half points and Duke's ability to get to the line kept it in the game. Two free throws by Shelden Williams gave the Blue Devils their first lead, 45-43, with just over nine minutes left and Deng added a free throw and baseline jumper for a five-point edge.
Deng hit a 3-pointer with just under three minutes left to cap a 13-0 run and establish a 63-48 advantage.
"Instead of waiting for my game to come, I was just excited to get out there and kind of forced it a little bit," Deng said. "But eventually, it did come."
Duke shot 81 percent (29-of-36) from the line, including a 10-of-10 effort by Redick. The Blue Devils were 20-of-22 in the second half and Redick finished with the same number of attempts as Detroit, which was 8-of-10.
"I think we were outscored (by a large margin) at the free-throw line, and that's just tough," Detroit coach Perry Watson said. "That's just tough when you're playing the No. 2 team in the country. I'm really proud of the effort that my guys gave."
Deng was the one Blue Devil who was able to find his range, nailing 7-of-15 shots with a pair of 3-pointers. The 6-8 London, England native is considered the nation's best freshman after attending high school at Blair Academy in New Jersey.
"It was my first game here," Deng said. "Besides being nervous, I was really excited."
Elijah Wallace, Detroit's leading returning scorer, was limited to 13 minutes before fouling out with seven points. Three other Titans collected four fouls.
Syracuse transfer James Thues had 12 points and seven assists for Detroit, which committed 21 turnovers.
The Blue Devils prevailed despite a quiet effort from Wooden Award candidate Chris Duhon, who took a nasty spill and appeared to injure his right hip in the final minute. Duhon did not score until the 11-minute mark of the second half and had seven points and four assists.