DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Carlos Boozer totaled 23 points and 11 rebounds Sunday night as top-ranked Duke used a swarming defense to defeat inexperienced Clemson, 96-80, in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools.
Jason Williams had 19 points and five assists for the Blue Devils (6-0, 1-0 ACC), who extended the nation's longest winning streak to 16 games and claimed their 12th straight victory in the series.
Clemson (5-2, 0-1) hung close behind underclassmen Chris Hobbs, Edward Scott and Chey Christie, but had its winning streak snapped at three games and remained winless at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1994-95.
Hobbs scored 25 points for the Tigers, who ignored Duke's raucous home crowd known as the "Cameron Crazies" to stay within 46-41 at halftime.
But the Blue Devils opened the second half with a 12-3 run, forcing Clemson into several bad shots. In the opening 4:46 of the half, the Tigers went one for six from the field and committed two turnovers.
In addition to his sticky defense, Williams had five points during the key burst, capping it with a driving layup for a 59-44 lead with 15:14 to play.
Duke led by at least 12 points the rest of the way and by as many as 23 on a three-pointer by Mike Dunleavy with 6:46 left.