No. 10 Duke Edges No. 11 Michigan St. 81-74
 
 
 
Davis led the Spartans with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
 
Davis led the Spartans with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
 
 

Dec. 1, 2004

Box Score

By Keith parsons

Durham, N.C. (AP) - Duke again was too much for Michigan State, thanks almost entirely to J.J. Redick and Daniel Ewing.

The backcourt duo each scored 29 points and made five 3-pointers, helping the 10th-ranked Blue Devils hold off the No. 11 Spartans 81-74 on Tuesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Redick had 21 points in the first half, and Ewing took up the slack after the break, scoring 15. Duke (4-0) improved to 6-0 in the made-for-TV challenge and beat the Spartans (3-1) for the second straight season.

Ewing's last 3 came in the final minute, when he swished one with the shot clock winding down to give Duke a 78-73 lead. That margin proved to be enough when Michigan State's Paul Davis missed two free throws with 15 seconds left, part of a 3-for-8 run from the line down the stretch for the Spartans.

This one was much closer than a year ago, when the Blue Devils ran away to a 72-50 victory. And it had all the intensity of an NCAA tournament game.

Ewing and Michigan State's Alan Anderson were called for technical fouls after trading elbows during a loose ball scrum in the first half. That came minutes after an intentional foul was called on Maurice Ager when he tried to stop Redick from an easy basket.

The Cameron Crazies let Ager hear about it, too, chanting "Ron Artest, Ron Artest."

Davis led the Spartans with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Anderson added 15 points.

Redick played the entire 40 minutes, and the wear and tear of his effort clearly played a role in the second half. His final basket came with 12{ minutes left, a 3-pointer that gave Duke a 58-49 lead.

Later, he barely hit the rim with a couple of shots, but Ewing was there to bail him out. In a 3-minute span late in the second half, Ewing made a 3, drove down the lane for a pull-up jumper and added a layup after a nifty screen from Shavlik Randolph.

 

 

His effort was enough to keep the inspired Spartans at bay. Davis sandwiched two baskets in close around an alley-oop dunk by Shannon Brown, and Michigan State was with 71-69.

Another layup by Davis later cut the margin to one, but Sean Dockery made an off-balance jumper - his only basket of the game - to make it 75-72, and Duke held on.