Love broke his foot earlier this week against Clemson, and he joined forward Shavlik Randolph (mononucleosis) on the bench. That gave Lee Melchionni his first career start, and he finished with six points in a career-high 28 minutes.
The game was played almost exactly 65 years to the day of the first at Cameron, when Duke beat Princeton 36-27 on Jan. 6, 1940.
To commemorate the occasion, Duke wore "throwback" uniforms from no particular year, although the shorts were as baggy as the current ones -- complete with the Nike swoosh -- and the players' names were on the back of the jerseys.
A halftime ceremony honored coaches and players from the past six decades, including Lefty Driesell, Jeff Mullins, Gene Banks and Vic Bubas.
Thanks to Princeton's patient offense, the score was a bit retro, too. The previous low for the Blue Devils this season was 62, which they reached in that victory over Clemson. Coach Mike Krzyzewski decided to hold the ball in the final five minutes, instructing someone to stand near midcourt until the shot clock wound down to 10.
Will Venable had a season-high 21 points for the Tigers (8-5) -- including 14 of their 18 in the first half -- but they couldn't overcome their woeful shooting from long range. Princeton finished 1-for-17 after making at least four in its previous 12 games.
Still, a 9-1 run for the Tigers early in the second half cut Duke's lead to 38-31, and the margin was only nine a few minutes later when the Blue Devils took control.
Sean Dockery started the spurt with a layup, and freshman DeMarcus Nelson had a steal and a dunk. After a basket by Princeton's Judson Wallace, Redick converted two free throws and followed them with a three-point play over Venable.
Redick was helped when Scott Greenman, furiously backpedalling on defense, tripped over his own feet and fell.
Later, Daniel Ewing made two free throws to make it 57-39, and Duke withstood seven unanswered points to hold on.
Wallace added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Princeton.