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Blue Devils beat Clemson for 16th straight time

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski never forgot his
mother's words.

"She said, 'Always hang with good people," Krzyzewski
remembered. "Boy, this 600th win is a great example of being
around some great people."

Count Daniel Ewing and J.J. Redick in that group. Ewing scored
19 points in his first game without a special shoe designed to
protect his injured right foot and Redick added 17 as Krzyzewski
got his 600th win at Duke, a 73-54 victory Saturday over Clemson.

Krzyzewski moved to 600-176 in 24 seasons with the Blue Devils
(10-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). He is the 13th coach in NCAA
Division I to reach that milestone at one school and the fourth
fastest all-time behind Adolph Rupp of Kentucky, John Wooden of
UCLA and Dean Smith of North Carolina.

But if you listen to Krzyzewski, he's surprised he lasted
through his sorry first three seasons, when the Blue Devils were
only 38-47 -- nowhere near the powerhouse they are these days.
"Getting 60" victories, he said, would have seemed like a great
accomplishment after that.

"What it shows is I've been around some great people at Duke,"
he said.

As milestones go, Krzyzewski kept it quiet with his team.

"I didn't know until after the game," Ewing said.

Probably just as important for Krzyzewski, the Blue Devils got
off to a solid start as they began their quest for an unprecedented
sixth straight ACC title with their 16th straight win over the
Tigers (7-5, 0-1).

Clemson has long been one of Krzyzewski's easiest opponents.
He's won 40 of 49 contests, his most victories against any team.

Krzyzewski's win overshadowed the ACC debut of Clemson's Oliver
Purnell, the first black to coach a men's team at the South
Carolina school.

Despite the defeat, "this was quite a thrill for me," Purnell
said.

Ewing and Redick were big reasons why Duke prevailed, combining
for six 3-pointers.

Redick had a 3-pointer and another basket as Duke took a 19-6
lead midway through the first half. When the Tigers scratched back
to 22-15, Redick followed with a 3-pointer and Ewing a driving
layup to restore the big margin.

Redick's driving basket three minutes later gave the Blue Devils
a 37-21 lead.

And they didn't stop after the break. Redick had an uncontested
layup and a short jumper, and Duke led 48-31 with 16:23 left. Ewing
had a basket and a 3-pointer, Redick added another shot from behind
the arc and Ewing returned for one more 3 as the Blue Devils led
67-46 midway through the second half.

Ewing was glad to feel the freedom of movement without his
specially designed boot.

"He's back," point guard Chris Duhon said in the locker room.
"He was way down. But now he's back."

It showed against Clemson. Ewing, who came in the team's
fourth-leading scorer in spite of the injury, would glide in for
baskets or snatch up missed shots. He's still not 100 percent,
Ewing said, "but I prepared myself well in practice and it paid
off in the game tonight."

Because Clemson couldn't contain Redick, the crowd tried to,
yelling "Air Ball" much of the second half whenever the ball hit
his hands. Redick didn't mind the taunts.

"That's fun to me," he said, particularly when Duke opens
league play with a win on the road. "Last year all our losses were
on the road, so for us to get a win on the road, that was really
important."

Sharrod Ford had 12 points to lead Clemson. Freshman point guard
Vernon Hamilton, who came an assist away from a triple-double
Tuesday night in a win against Boston College, was held to 2 points
on 1-of-6 shooting.

If there was ever a good time for Purnell to get blown out at
home by a conference rival, this was probably it. Most of the fans
at Littlejohn Coliseum still were buzzing about the football team's
27-14 Peach Bowl victory over No. 6 Tennessee the night before.
Indeed, the loudest cheers came at halftime when Tigers football
coach Tommy Bowden strolled out to accept the bowl trophy.

Before coming to Duke, Krzyzewski was 73-59 in five seasons at
Army.

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