Duke's offense is exposed in loss

Published: Monday, December 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 30, 2003 at 11:45 p.m.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski found no fault with his team's effort - but he admits the offense needs work.

Had Duke beaten unranked Purdue, the Blue Devils likely would have moved to the top of the polls because of Connecticut's loss earlier in the week.

But the No. 2 Blue Devils (3-1) ran into a Purdue team that was eager for a good showing against a ranked opponent.

``We just haven't executed yet this year on the offensive end like we can, and we have to do, and that puts a lot of pressure on our defense,'' Krzyzewski said.

Purdue matched the Blue Devils basket for basket inside for most of the first half Saturday night, then used strong guard play in the second to defeat Duke 78-68 in the title game of the Great Alaska Shootout.

  • NO. 7 SYRACUSE 69, RHODE ISLAND 65: Hakim Warrick scored a career-high 30 points to help the Orangemen rally past Rhode Island.

  • NO. 3 MICHIGAN ST. 89, DEPAUL 81: Kelvin Torbert scored 19 points and Chris Hill added 16 points and a career-high 11 assists in Michigan State's victory over DePaul.

  • NO. 20 STANFORD 60, RICE 56: Rob Little and Chris Hernandez scored 17 points to lead Stanford to a victory over Rice.

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