Michigan 59

(0-6, 0-2 away)

(4) Duke 81

(5-0, 5-0 home)

3:30 PM ET, December 7, 2002

Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina

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MICH 25 3459
#4DUKE 44 3781

Amaker gets warm reception, but Michigan falls

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.

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