BLOOMINGTON-Indiana's No. 1 option wasn't enough to overcome the nation's No. 1 team.
Marco Killingsworth scored 34 points on 15-of-20 shooting, but went scoreless in the game's final 7:41 as No. 1 Duke handed No. 16 Indiana a 75-67 setback at Assembly Hall in front of a raucous crowd of 17,343.
Duke was led by J.J. Redick, who finished with 29 points, including seven points in the last game's final 4:44. His play down the stretch helped Duke overcome a 61-60 Indiana lead with 5:37 remaining.
"J.J. just refused to lose," said Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski. "He's one of the most amazing players to play at Duke, The kid is just really tough…he has a will that you just can't teach."
While it was Redick who starred in the game's closing minutes, it was Killingsworth who dominated until late. The Hoosiers' 6-8, 270-pound forward scored virtually at will against the reigning National Defensive Player of the Year Sheldon Williams. Killingsworth scored 17 points in the first half and 17 points in the first 12 minutes of the second half. He capped his second-half outburst with a fastbreak dunk at the 7:41 mark that capped an 11-0 Indiana run that gave the Hoosiers their first lead of the night, 59-58.
"Killingsworth was unbelievable…that kid was a great player – at least he was tonight," said Krzyzewski.
But a combination of better ball pressure from Duke on IU's guards and a some fatigue on Killingsworth's part limited his effectiveness down the stretch. Killingsworth missed a pair of layups and the front end of a one-on-one in the closing minutes as Indiana was trying recapture the game's momentum.
"He ran out of gas," said IU Coach Mike Davis. "I saw it at the five-minute mark."
While Killingsworth flourished in the paint, Indiana struggled to get many looks from behind the 3-point arc. Indiana entered the game shooting 58 percent from behind the arc and averaging 14 3-pointers per game, but Duke limited Indiana to only 10 3-point attempts and two makes. One of those threes came from Killingsworth, while Indiana's guards were just 1-of-9 from deep.
"Our plan was to take away their 3s," said Krzyzewski. "They were averaging 14 makes, and that's 42 points. Although Killingsworth was great, we could respond to the 2."
Early on, it didn't appear Duke would have much of anything to respond to by the time the second half rolled around. Indiana missed four of its first five shots and committed four turnovers in the game's opening four minutes and quickly found itself in a 16-2 hole.
Indiana would eventually settle down and cut the lead to four midway through the first half, but the slow start put the Hoosiers in a hole that they weren't able to dig out of until midway through the second half.
"We came out as tight as tight can be," said Davis, who said some members of his team had difficulty sleeping last night.
While Indiana struggled with some nerves early on, Duke escaped with a victory in front of an Indiana crowd that was as loud as its been in recent memory. For Krzyzewski, meanwhile, the noise level brought back memories of his time as a graduate assistant at Indiana in the mid-1970s.
"What an amazing atmosphere," said Krzyewski, whose team improved to 6-0. "I remember 30-some years ago when I was here, and it hasn't changed. When they went ahead (on Killingsworth's dunk at the 7:41 mark), that was about as loud as anyplace outside of (Duke's) Cameron (Indoor Stadium) that I've been in."
But Redick and Duke managed to overcome Killingsworth and the crowd down the stretch to win the marquee matchup of this year's Big Ten/ACC Challenge. While Krzyzewski gave credit to Williams for a couple of big baskets down the stretch and the poise of freshman point guard Greg Paulus (13 points, six assists in 39 minutes), it was ultimately Redick who proved to be too much for Indiana to overcome.
"I'm glad he's on my bus, or I'm on his bus, or whatever the hell bus we're on, we're on it together."
Indiana, meanwhile, dropped its first game of the year and is 3-1 heading into Saturday's matchup with Eastern Michigan. Wednesday night's result left the Hoosiers optimistic about what it can accomplish once it gets D.J. White back in uniform, but also disappointed that it didn't came away with a win that was well within reach.
"We're a team, I think, that should have won that game," said A.J. Ratliff, who returned to action and scored two points in nine minutes. "All we can do is learn from it."
Killingsworth 15-20 3-9 34, Vaden 4-10 0-0 8, Wilmont 2-4 0-0 4, Strickland 3-8 4-4 11, Monroe 0-2 0-0 0, Suhr 0-1 0-0 0, Ratliff 1-4 0-0 2, Allen 0-1 0-0 0, Kline 1-3 0-0 2, Calloway 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 29-59 7-13 67.
McRoberts 3-7 0-0 6, Williams 6-9 1-2 13, Paulus 4-9 4-5 13, Redick 10-17 5-6 29, Dockery 1-6 0-1 2, Pocius 0-0 0-0 0, Helchionni 5-8 0-0 12, Boateng 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-56 10-14 75.
3-Pointers: Indiana 2-10 (Killingsworth 1-1, Vaden 0-2, Wilmont 0-1, Strickland 1-3, Suhr 0-1, Ratliff 0-2), Duke 7-17 (Paulus 1-2, Redick 4-8, Dockery 0-2, Melchionni 2-5). Rebounds: Indaina 30 (Killingsworth 10), Duke 33 (Williams 9). Assists: Indiana 12 (Vaden 7), Duke 19 (Paulus 6). Turnovers: Indiana 16 (Killingsworth 7), Duke 19 (Williams 6). Blocks: Indian 2 (Killingsworth 2), Duke 8 (Williams 6, McRoberts 2). Officials: Jim Burr, Donnee Gray, Tom O'Neill.
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