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Duke becomes lone unbeaten


Published: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 12:56 a.m.

DURHAM, N.C. - Mike Krzyzewski keeps saying he's got a very different Duke team than in years past. The results sure look strikingly similar.

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Wake Forest's Trent Strickland, left, battles Duke's Sean Dockery for a loose ball during the second half Sunday at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N. C. No. 1 Duke won, 74-55.

AP Photo/Robert Willett

Dahntay Jones shook off a miserable start to score 15 of his 16 points in the opening 8 minutes of the second half as the top-ranked Blue Devils rolled over No. 17 Wake Forest 74-55 in a matchup of the last two Division I unbeatens Sunday night.

``It's very different because it's not predictable,'' Krzyzewski said of his young team. ``You try to do things and then you react to where your guys are at at a specific time. We've tried not to put limitations on them. We're still trying to find out about our team and our guys understand that.

``With the competition we're now facing, you have to get better,'' Krzyzewski added. ``You can practice and plan and do all that stuff, but really the game itself makes you better and the competition in our league makes you better. We have to get better or we'll get tossed aside.''

This just in: Duke is good again - very good.

``Duke is excellent here. Heck, they're excellent every place,'' Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said after watching his previously undefeated team dismantled in hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium. ``They guarded us much better than we executed offensively. You don't have to be Dr. Naismith to realize that.''

  • NO. 5 NOTRE DAME 74, SETON HALL 64: Chris Thomas scored 22 points and Matt Carroll had 19 points and eight rebounds Sunday to lead Notre Dame over visiting Seton Hall.

    Notre Dame (13-2, 1-1 Big East) improved to 9-0 at the Joyce Center this season, its best start at home since going 10-0 to start the 1994-95 season. Seton Hall (5-7, 0-3) lost its third straight.

    The Irish were outmuscled by No. 6 Pittsburgh on Monday in a 17-point loss, their worst defeat in three seasons under coach Mike Brey. Against the Pirates, they played a more physical game and got steadier play from key players.

  • NO. 6 PITTSBURGH 70, RUTGERS 63: Brandin Knight scored 17 points and gave visiting Pittsburgh the lead on a 3-pointer with just over three minutes left as the Panthers overcame turnovers and foul problems to beat Rutgers.

    The Panthers (12-1, 2-0 Big East) entered the game averaging 16 turnovers and shooting 52.1 percent from the field. In the first half, they had 14 turnovers and shot 39.1 percent, yet the game was tied at 25 at the break.

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