EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- Michigan State coach Tom Izzo preaches toughness. Shelden Williams and Duke displayed it.
Williams scored 16 points as the Blue Devils overwhelmed the Spartans, 72-50, in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchup of teams ranked sixth in the nation.
Duke (4-1) bounced back from Saturday's 76-66 loss to Purdue in the championship of the Great Alaska Shootout with its best effort of the young season. J.J. Redick netted 13 points and Shavlik Randolph chipped in 11.
"For the first time this season, we played for 40 minutes," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I'm sure that Michigan State didn't play their best."
Williams made 7-of-8 shots, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots in decisively outplaying Spartans center Paul Davis. Randolph, pushed around in the first three games, was 5-of-7 with seven boards.
"We had a lot of energy and for the first time, our big guys played like big guys," Krzyzewski said. "They gave us 25-30 points and 15 rebounds."
The Blue Devils made 10 straight shots in one first-half stretch, resulting in a 24-5 tear that opened a 33-15 cushion. Freshman Luol Deng, who scored just six points, capped it with an easy dunk with just over four minutes left before halftime.
Michigan State (3-2) committed 17 of its 20 turnovers in the first half, causing Izzo to scream at his troops in nearly every timeout. The Spartans, who are playing without injured freshman guard Brandon Cotton, have no true ballhandler on their roster, and the Blue Devils pounced all over them.
"The buck stops here and I have to find a way to way to change the mentality of this team because right now we are a soft team," Izzo said. "We just played scared. I couldn't believe the first 10 minutes of that game."
Deng had five of Duke's 16 steals and Chris Duhon had his best night with 10 points, six assists and three steals. The Blue Devils had 13 steals by halftime, many a result of the Spartans' sloppy passing.
"Tonight, we came out with a team effort and didn't let them punch first," Duhon said. "We started off with a lead and we didn't have to come back. It was pretty good for us, a big step."
The Blue Devils took a 38-24 lead into halftime and Williams hit a pair of inside hoops and Randolph added one to start the second half for a 44-24 advantage. Duke's largest lead was 59-34 on Williams' layup with 6:14 left.
The Blue Devils' improved to 5-0 in the Challenge, joining Wake Forest as the only unbeaten team in the event. Michigan State lost for the first time in four Challenge contests.
Davis had seven points and three rebounds in an uninspired effort. No player reached double figures for Michigan State.
"Today was a big day for me, a big day for our program and we got kicked," Izzo said. "There are no excuses when a team is so inept because the coach should be blamed and it is my job."
The Spartans narrowly avoided their worst home loss under Izzo, a 68-43 setback to Minnesota on January 4, 1997.