DURHAM, N.C. - One by one, Mike Krzyzewski sent the Duke players and coaches to the midcourt logo at Cameron Indoor Stadium and asked each to sign his name. It was the final practice before facing No. 23 Maryland, and the Hall of Fame coach wanted to show the importance of protecting the home court.
They got the message.
Shelden Williams got his first career triple double and J.J. Redick scored 27, helping the top-ranked Blue Devils snap a three-game losing streak to No. 23 Maryland with a 76-52 victory Wednesday night.
Maryland swept the series last season after beating Duke in the final of the 2004 ACC Tournament. Williams played an inspired first half to make sure it wouldn't happen again.
He had 19 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks for the Blue Devils (15-0, 3-0), who scored the first seven and led 45-22 at halftime. They held the Terrapins (11-4, 1-2) to 29 percent shooting in the half while forcing 18 of Maryland's season-high 29 turnovers, leaving the second half without much drama.
Redick, a 6-foot-4 senior, used a Terrapins turnover with about five minutes left to record his first career dunk.
CLEMSON 74, WAKE 73 (OT): Vernon Hamilton had a career-high 21 points, including four in overtime, as the host Tigers (13-3, 2-1) snapped a five-game losing streak to the Demon Deacons. Clemson's Cliff Hammonds forced overtime with a 3-pointer from the left corner while drifting out of bounds, tying it at 66.Big East
NO. 3 VILLANOVA 84, RUTGERS 78 (OT): Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 28 and Randy Foye added 24 as the visiting Wildcats (11-1, 2-1) rebounded from their first loss. The Scarlet Knights trailed 70-67 with 19 seconds left in regulation, but center Jimmie Inglis, who hadn't tried a 3-pointer in one-plus seasons at Rutgers, threw one in off the glass with 2.5 seconds left to force overtime.
NO. 16 W. VA. 68, GEORGETOWN 61: Kevin Pittsnogle scored 23 for the host Mountaineers (11-3, 3-0), off to their best start in the Big East. Wests Virginia trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half but pieced together a 13-0 run spanning the halves to take a 25-23 lead.
SYRACUSE 88, NOTRE DAME 82: Gerry McNamara scored 25 and made seven 3-pointers, and Eric Devendorf added 22 points to lead the Orange (14-2, 2-0 Big East) to its 11th straight victory and fifth straight at the Joyce Center.
MARQUETTE 67, SETON HALL 63: Steve Novak scored 25, made 6 of 10 3-pointers and added nine rebounds for the visiting Golden Eagles (12-4, 2-1).
TENNESSEE 89, UGA 76: C.J. Watson scored 20 and Chris Lofton had his 16 in the second half as the Volunteers (11-1, 2-0) gave coach Bruce Pearl a win in his first conference home game.
LSU 63, ARKANSAS 58: Tasmin Mitchell scored 19, including a key jumper from the left wing in the final minute, for the visiting Tigers (9-5) in their conference opener.
OLE MISS 68, S. CAROLINA 63: Bam Doyne had 23 points and hit two key free throws with nine seconds left as the host Rebels (12-3, 2-0) won their sixth straight despite nearly blowing an 11-point lead in the final three minutes.
ALABAMA 56, AUBURN 52: Alonzo Gee scored six of his 17 over the final 2:17 on a 3-pointer and 3 of 4 free throws to lift the visiting Crimson Tide (8-6, 1-1).Top 25
NO. 14 MICH. ST. 87, NO. 9 INDIANA 73: Maurice Ager scored 28 and Paul Davis had 23 points and 10 rebounds to help the host Spartans (13-4, 1-2) bounce back from consecutive double-digit losses. Marco Killingsworth had 27 points and Robert Vaden 20 for the Hoosiers (10-3, 2-1), who had won six straight.
NO. 5 MEMPHIS 77, ECU 67: Rodney Carney hit six 3-pointers and scored 27 to lead the visiting Tigers (14-2) in the Conference USA opener for both teams. Shawne Williams added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Memphis, 4-0 in the series.
NO. 17 GW 69, SAINT LOUIS 64 (OT): Danilo Pinnock had 19 points, seven in overtime, and 12 rebounds as the host Colonials (11-1, 2-0 Atlantic 10) survived a game of wild swings. George Washington rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit, then blew an eight-point lead before forcing overtime on Omar Williams' layup with 22 seconds left.
NO. 19 OHIO ST. 80, PURDUE 64: J.J. Sullinger scored 17 and Je'Kel Foster tied his career high with six steals for the visiting Buckeyes (12-1, 2-1 Big Ten).
NO. 24 ARIZONA: Swingman Jawann McClellan was reinstated to the team after regaining his academic eligibility.State
MARSHALL 73, UCF 69: Orlando native Joe Aikens scored 10 of his 17 in the second half to lead four players in double figures for the visiting Thundering Herd (7-6).Nation
TEXAS TECH 79, BAYLOR 61: Jarrius Jackson scored 22, and the host Red Raiders (9-7, 1-1 Big 12) and some opening-game jitters spoiled the Bears' season debut. Baylor was prohibited from playing nonconference games as part of NCAA penalties for numerous violations under former coach Dave Bliss.
NEBRASKA 57, KANSAS ST. 42: Aleks Maric had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for the visiting Cornhuskers (12-3, 2-0 Big 12) in the lowest-scoring men's game ever at Bramlage Coliseum, which opened in November 1988.
KANSAS 75, COLORADO 63: Mario Chalmers keyed a 13-5 second-half run and fellow freshman Brandon Rush scored 17 in the half to help the visiting Jayhawks (10-4, 1-0 Big 12) to their seventh straight win.
OKLA. ST. 79, TEXAS A&M 77: Freshman Terrel Harris scored a career-high 21 and had the tiebreaking three-point play to lift the host Cowboys (11-5, 1-1 Big 12).
PENN ST. 65, N'WESTERN 61: Geary Claxton had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the visiting Nittany Lions (9-4, 1-1) denied the Wildcats their first 3-0 start in the Big Ten since 1967-68.