J.J. Redick had 20 points to lead six players in double figures and No. 3 Duke beat No. 11 Texas 89-61 on Saturday. The game was played before a pro-Blue Devils sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden that sounded as if it were at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils (8-1) won their fifth straight, and just like the previous four they did it with defense.
Texas (5-2) missed its first nine shots and shot only 25 percent (9-for-36) in falling behind 48-29 at halftime. It didn't get much better in the second half for the Longhorns. The Blue Devils pressured the ball all over the court, forcing the Texas guards to try and get rid of it in a hurry, and that meant low percentage shots.
The crowd of 19,948 had plenty to cheer as Duke shot 62 percent in the first half (18-for-29) and 57 percent (31-for-54) for the game. The tenacious defense also allowed the Blue Devils to get out on the break and no play drew a bigger cheer than Chris Duhon 's behind-the-back pass to Luol Deng for a dunk that made it 40-23 with 4:10 left in the half.
Duhon had 15 points and nine assists, while Shelden Williams had 14 points, Deng 12 and Shavlik Randolph and Sean Dockery each had 10.
Royal Ivey and Brad Buckman each had 12 points for Texas, which shot 32 percent for the game (21-for-66). Ivey had nine assists.
In its last four games, Duke allowed opponents an average of 50 points and held them to 37 percent shooting while forcing 20 turnovers a game.
Texas entered the game with a plus-18.5 rebound margin. Duke outrebounded the Longhorns 43-34, although Texas did have a 21-14 advantage on the offensive end, but most weren't converted into points.
Texas' only other loss this season was also at Madison Square Garden. Arizona beat the Longhorns 91-83 in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 9.
The only other meeting between Duke and Texas was also in Madison Square Garden, a 95-69 victory by the Blue Devils in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT on Nov. 22, 2000.
Even though there was a section of "Cameron Crazies" as there is in the campus arena, a group seated one level up behind the Duke bench provided the sarcastic cheer.
"Just like Clemson," they chanted six minutes into the second half with Duke leading by 28. That was a reference to the five-game winning streak Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski had over current Texas coach Rick Barnes, who used to coach at Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference.