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No. 11 Duke Cruises Past Tennessee-Martin, 88-46
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Release: 11/20/2004
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Nov. 20, 2004

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AP Sports Writer

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - J.J. Redick and Daniel Ewing each had 20 points and Duke turned up the defensive pressure in the second half to beat Tennessee-Martin 88-46 Saturday night in the opener for both teams.

Sheldon Williams added 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Shavlik Randolph scored 11 for the 11th-ranked Blue Devils, who broke away in a fairly tight game at the half to open coach Mike Krzyzewski's 25th season in style.

Coach K turned down a $40 million offer from the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason and came back to a team he hardly recognized. Chris Duhon finished his career, Luol Deng decided to go pro after just one season and top recruit Shaun Livingston bypassed Durham altogether, heading straight to the NBA.

With only eight recruited players - including freshmen David McClure and DeMarcus Nelson - Duke was picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference behind Wake Forest, North Carolina and Georgia Tech. It's the first time five years that the Blue Devils weren't favored.

They played down to those expectations for most of the first half, leading 39-25 after shooting only 32 percent - including 4-of-16 on 3-pointers. The Skyhawks could have been even closer if they hadn't missed six free throws.

The Blue Devils restored order with a 34-6 run to start the second half, and several players contributed. McClure got a dunk off a nice feed from Williams, then blocked a shot on the other end. That led to a dunk for Nelson, and then Lee Melchionni drove for a three-point play.

That prompted Redick to jump in Melchionni's arms in celebration, much to the delight of the "Cameron Crazies." Oh, and Ewing and Redick each had two 3s.

Tennessee-Martin, out of the Ohio Valley Conference, returned all five starters from a season ago but clearly was nervous in its first trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Forward Chris Carter took three shots before he hit the rim - his first bounced off the scoreboard, his second was an air ball - and most of his teammates joined in his misery.

Only Jared Newson appeared at home on the court. He finished with 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting, the only player in double figures for the Skyhawks. They had 23 turnovers and shot 34 percent.