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Updated: Saturday, January 24, 2004 5:08 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(1) Duke 85, Georgetown 66

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Duke's first visit to Georgetown since 1990 showed how the two programs have changed over the years.

Shelden Williams scored a career-high 26 points as the top-ranked Blue Devils cruised to their 13th straight triumph with an 85-66 rout of the Hoyas.

Duke (16-1) made its first visit to Georgetown since the Hoyas posted a 79-74 victory on December 5, 1990. In those days, John Thompson prowled the sidelines for the Hoyas, a perennial NCAA Tournament team and one of the Big East Conference's flagship programs.

These days, Craig Esherick is in his fifth full season as coach. Under Esherick, Georgetown (11-4) has qualified for the NCAA Tournament only once and has become an afterthought in the college hoops world.

"We lost and lost pretty good to a great team," Esherick said. "Williams really hurt us in the low post and we had absolutely no answer for him. This game was over early."

The Blue Devils opened up a tight game by dominating the end of the first half. Williams' first career 3-pointer capped a 27-5 burst to take Duke into the locker room with a 48-24 cushion.

That 3-point shot was a departure from where Williams did most of his damage. The sophomore forward made 12-of-15 shots in dismantling Georgetown's less muscular frontcourt.

"The guys did a good job getting the ball to me," said Williams, who blocked five shots. "I had a lot of good looks and was able to finish my shots."

Chris Duhon added an efficient 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and J.J. Redick added 15 for Duke, which shot 56.5 percent (35-of-62). The Blue Devils forced 19 turnovers.

"Our kids played extremely well, especially on the defensive end," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Georgetown came out with a lot of energy. Our defense took over and we really took advantage of Shelden Williams in the post."

The victory capped a successful road trip to the Washington area for Duke, which got a season-high 26 points from Redick in Wednesday's 68-60 victory at Maryland. The Blue Devils stayed in town and treated the Hoyas' first sellout ever at the MCI Center to a patented display of team basketball.

"It seems like every game somebody else steps up for us," Duhon said. "It was J.J. on Wednesday and today it was Shelden's turn."

Brandon Bowman led the Hoyas with 19 points. One thing that has remained constant at Georgetown is its non-conference schedule, which included easy victories against the likes of Grambling, Coastal Carolina, Howard, Delaware State and Elon. The step up in class proved to be too much.


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