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Amaker gets warm reception, but Michigan falls

12/7/2002

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- The Cameron Crazies cheered loudly for Tommy
Amaker on Saturday, giving the former Duke player and assistant
coach a warm welcome in his return to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke then treated Amaker's Michigan squad as rudely as it does
every other visitor.

Daniel Ewing and Dahntay Jones had 17 points each as the
Blue Devils (No. 3 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) beat the Wolverines 81-59 on Saturday,
winning for the fifth straight time in the series and the 16th
straight at home.

On a day when its 3-point shot wasn't falling, Duke (5-0) used
its suffocating defense to provide an offensive spark, converting
25 turnovers into 26 points. The Blue Devils had 14 steals and five
blocked shots, and held the Wolverines (0-6) to 36-percent shooting
in the second half.

Duke, which came into the game shooting 38 percent from behind
the 3-point range, was 3-of-18 from long range.

"The key lesson of the week was we needed our defense to be
consistent every game,'' said Chris Duhon, who had 15 points and
six first-half steals. "No matter how poorly we shoot the ball on
offense, every day we can play defense and shut people down.''

Lester Abram scored 14 points for Michigan, which is off to its
worst start in its 93-year history.

It was the second matchup between Amaker and Duke coach Mike
Krzyzewski. Amaker was a four-year starter for Krzyzewski from
1983-87 and spent nine years as an assistant coach at Duke before
leaving to take over at Seton Hall in 1997. He is in his second
year at Michigan.

"Coming in with 0-5 on our chest, I had a lot of other things
on my mind,'' Amaker said of his return. "My thoughts, quite
frankly, were on my team, trying to see if we can find a way out of
the situation we're in.

"This is a very difficult team and place to play. I'm as
qualified as anyone to make that assessment.''

While the Cameron Crazies were typically loud, there was
certainly a friendlier vibe to the matchup between mentor and
pupil. The crowd chanted "We love Tommy!'' before the game, and
Krzyzewski even pointed out a mistake by officials that gave a jump
ball to Duke instead of Michigan midway through the first half.

Krzyzewski said he didn't think about coaching against Amaker --
who was on Krzyzewski's first Final Four team in 1986 -- once the
ball was tipped.

"I don't like Tommy -- I love Tommy,'' Krzyzewski said.
"Tommy's part of my heart and part of my family. I'm glad it's
over and I'm glad his kids played so hard.''

The Wolverines hung with Duke early, but the Blue Devils
methodically pulled away. They have won the last five meetings by
an average of 27 points.

Duke led 44-25 at halftime after forcing 19 first-half
turnovers. They opened the second half by forcing four Michigan
turnovers in the first two minutes, and pushed the lead to 50-26 on
a dunk by Dahntay Jones off a turnover with 16:50 to play.

The Blue Devils used an 8-2 run -- started by a 3-pointer from
J.J. Redick on an inbounds play -- to take a 69-40 lead, ending with
two free throws from Jones with 8:32 to play.

Krzyzewski said the Blue Devils, who beat Ohio State in
Greensboro on Tuesday, had their best defensive practice of the
season Thursday.

"We've been really concentrating on team defense and helping
each other out,'' Krzyzewski said. "We're not just moving
individually. We're moving collectively and helping one another
out. That's how you get turnovers.''

Michigan led after the first television timeout and trailed just
20-17 with 10:07 left in the half.

But Duke used an 11-2 spurt over the next four minutes to take
control. The Blue Devils closed the half with a 9-2 run, ending
when freshman Sean Dockery threw an inbounds pass off LaVell
Blanchard, picked up the ball and scored on a layup for the
19-point halftime lead.