Wildcats Lose A Wild One In OT, 95-92
Dec 18, 2001
By JIM O'CONNELL
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Jason Williams' career game kept top-ranked Duke's winning streak alive.
The junior guard scored 38 points, including 23 of his team's final 31 in regulation, and the Blue Devils beat No. 7 Kentucky 95-92 in overtime in the Jimmy V Classic for their 20th consecutive victory.
Duke, the defending national champion, was down 59-47 with 12:30 remaining when Williams took over. He scored every way imaginable and his 3-pointer with 5:10 left gave Duke (10-0) a 68-67 lead, its first being up 31-30 in the first half.
Williams, whose previous career-high was 35 points two games ago against Michigan, proved he wasn't perfect when he missed the second of two free throws with 8.8 seconds left in regulation to leave the game tied at 78. Kentucky's Cliff Hawkins missed a 3 at the buzzer and the game went to overtime.
Williams gave Duke the lead for good in the overtime with a three-point play that made it 91-89 with 1:39 left. He found Carlos Boozer for a layup with 58 seconds to go to make it a five-point lead.
The Wildcats (6-2), who had a six-game winning streak of their own, closed to 93-91 on two free throws by Keith Bogans with 43 seconds left, but Dahntay Jones iced it for Duke when he converted an offensive rebound with 9.6 seconds left.
Mike Dunleavy added 21 points for Duke, which improved to 16-1 in the Meadowlands Arena, while Boozer had 15.
Freshman Rashaad Carruth, who had played in only three games because of a
sprained ankle and had a total of 12 points this season, had 19 for Kentucky,
while Tayshaun Prince added 17 and Hawkins had 15.
The last time these teams went to overtime was with a lot more at stake and with college basketball history to be made.
Duke beat Kentucky 104-103 in overtime in Philadelphia in 1992 to advance to the Final Four on Christian Laettner's turnaround at the buzzer. That game is considered one of the sport's classics.
Williams set a Jimmy V Classic record with the 38 points, bettering the previous mark of 31 set by Marc Jackson of Temple in 1995 and matched by A.J. Guyton of Indiana in 1999.
Williams, who slightly injured his groin in Duke's win over North Carolina A&T on Sunday, was 7-for-10 from 3-point range, tying the game record for 3s set by Guyton.
Jules Camara had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats, who dominated the boards 51-34, including 22-13 on the offensive end.
Duke trailed 43-40 at halftime and Kentucky scored the first seven points of the second half. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski pulled his starters with 17:02 to play and the Blue Devils down by 10. They didn't return until there was 14:08 left and Duke's team of subs that included freshman Daniel Ewing, regular reserve Casey Sanders and three others, none of whom had played more than a total of 44 minutes even with all the blowouts wins.
When the starters returned it was 54-47 and Kentucky still extended the lead to as much as 12 before Williams started the Blue Devils on their comeback that extended the nation's longest winning streak.