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Dec. 10, 1997

No. 1-ranked Duke Defeats Villanova

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Elton Brand scored 15 points, blocked four shots and had six rebounds, and top-ranked Duke turned 19 turnovers into 21 points in a 94-66 win over Villanova Wednesday night.

Chris Carrawell added 13 points for Duke (9-0), while Roshown McLeod had 12 and Mike Chappell and Trajan Langdon 11 each.

Malik Allen scored 17 and Howard Brown added 14 for Villanova (2-3).

The Blue Devils, who came into the game forcing an average of 26 turnovers and 15 steals per contest, used their trapping full-court defense to generated 14 Wildcat turnovers in the first half. Duke converted those turnovers into 17 points, including three breakaway dunks, and stormed out to an early double-figure lead which it never relinquished.

The Wildcats shot just 37 percent (26-of-71), while Duke hit 54 percent (37-of-68) of its field goals.

Villanova trailed by 26 at halftime and got no closer than 24 in the second half.

Duke had 10 steals and 13 blocked shots in the game.

Leading 11-7, Duke forced eight turnovers during a 20-5 run over the next six minutes. Roshown McLeod and Chris Burgess had six points each during the run, with Burgess getting all three baskets on offensive put-backs.

Carrawell drove the length of the court for a dunk and added two free throws to cap the run, which put Duke up 33-12 with 7:00 left.

Allen scored underneath, but a 3-pointer by Trajan Langdon 12 seconds later put the Blue Devils up 36-14.

Duke led by as many as 27 in the first half, despite getting only three points from Langdon, the team's second-leading scorer.

Villanova evenly battled with Duke for much of the second half.

The teams traded baskets until Langdon started a 9-2 Duke run with a jumper with 8:56 left. McLeod closed out the run with a lay-up with 5:38 left to give the Blue Devils their biggest lead at 85-49.

Duke has now won their four non-conference home games by an average of 44 points. The Blue Devils have also won 18 straight non-conference games and 111 of the last 113 played at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke is off to its best start since 1993-94, when the Blue Devils won their first 10 games.