ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Duke showed Michigan's heralded freshmen the difference between good and very good.
Bobby Hurley scored four of his 26 points in overtime yesterday to lead the top-ranked Blue Devils to an 88-85 victory over the No. 18 Wolverines.
"Our experience made the difference down the stretch," Duke's Christian Laettner said. "They've never been in a game like this before."
The defending NCAA champions scored one field goal in the five-minute overtime, but it was enough to hand Michigan, which starts three members of its five-man rookie class, its first defeat in five games.
"You have to marvel at what Michigan did today," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Especially in runing the half-court offense. Chris Webber's presence and Jalen Rose's versatility make them tough to defend."
Hurley scored the final points of regulation with 31 seconds to play when he tied the game 76-76 by making three free throws after he was fouled as he attempted a three-pointer. Webber almost avoided the overtime, but his shot from beyond midcourt at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
XTC Rose, who scored four of his 18 points in the overtime, gave Michigan a 78-76 lead 14 seconds into overtime. But Grant Hill made two free throws to tie it and Laettner, who would foul out after scoring 24, made two more free throws to put Duke ahead 80-78.
Rose's last basket tied it again, but Laettner put Duke ahead to stay with two more free throws with 3 minutes, 9 seconds remaining.