NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Chris Duhon and No. 3 Duke treated Texas like a non-conference patsy at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duhon scored 15 points and handed out nine assists as the Blue Devils coasted to an 89-61 thrashing of the 10th-ranked Longhorns at Madison Square Garden.
Duke (8-1) never trailed and shot 57 percent (31-of-54) in front of a sellout crowd that was solidly in favor of the Blue Devils. Duhon led the way with an outstanding floor game, making 7-of-10 shots and effectively finding his teammates.
"Chris Duhon played a great game," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "His quickness and verve throughout the game gave us so much confidence."
The Blue Devils scored the first eight points and took a 28-11 lead on Shelden Williams' layup 8 1/2 minutes before halftime.
From that point, it was a Duke highlight film that included a behind-the-back feed from Duhon to freshman Luol Deng for an easy hoop and a fabulous open-court steal by Sean Dockery that led to a layup, sending the fans into a frenzy.
Duhon had seven assists and three steals as Duke built a 48-29 halftime bulge.
"The way Chris was penetrating and scoring, it got us easy bucket after easy bucket," said guard J.J. Redick, who led Duke with 20 points.
It was a far cry from Duke's last visit to Madison Square Garden, a 72-71 loss to St. John's on March 2 in which it surrendered the final 12 points. This time, Duhon exited to a standing ovation with 2:08 to go and the Blue Devils up by 30.
"We were really excited because Texas was a good team and the last time we played here, we didn't play too well," Duhon said. "For me to play well in my last game at Madison Square Garden was special."
The Blue Devils placed six players in double figures as Williams scored 14 points and Deng added all 12 of his in the first half. They also held a surprising 43-34 edge on the glass against the bigger Longhorns.
Texas (5-2) fell to 0-2 in New York, also getting outclassed by Arizona on December 9, 91-83. The Longhorns were worse in this one and Brandon Mouton epitomized the team's frustration by getting a technical for slapping away Redick's arm during a stoppage in play in the second half.
"The game is pretty simple to break down," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "Duke spread the floor and went to work inside."
The contest was such a blowout that Krzyzewski was able to substitute his starters in piecemeal fashion at the end to get them individual ovations. The Blue Devils led by as many as 32 points.
Duke improved to 2-0 against Texas, also posting a 95-69 rout in the semifinals of the 2000 Preseason NIT here.