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No. 7 Michigan 62, No. 10 Duke 61

December 8, 1996

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Robert Traylor’s dunk with 6.2 seconds left capped a closing 16-3 run Sunday, giving No. 7 Michigan a 62-61 victory over No. 10 Duke in one of the toughest venues for a road team.

The Wolverines (5-0) trailed 58-46 with 10:37 left, but the Blue Devils (5-2) turned the ball over eight times down the stretch and managed only three free throws the rest of the way.

Trajan Langdon’s pass with 32 seconds left missed a cutter and went into the hands of Michigan’s Maceo Baston, setting up Traylor’s final basket.

After a 20-second timeout, the Wolverines worked the ball around the perimeter before Travis Conlan gunned a pass into the 300-pound Traylor, who drove the lane for his one-handed stuff.

Duke never got off a final shot, with Jeff Capel losing the ball in traffic as time expired. It was Duke’s second non-conference loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 105 games dating to 1983. Another Big Ten team, Illinois, pulled off the previous win last December.

Traylor scored 15 points to lead Michigan, which played most of the game without 17-point scorer Maurice Taylor, who battled foul problems all afternoon. Traylor scored seven of his points over the final 5:22.

Roshown McLeod led the Blue Devils, who were 6-for-26 from 3-point range, with 15 points.

It was the seventh meetings over five years between the two powers, each time while both were ranked in the Top 25.

Neither team led by more than seven points in the first-half coaching chess match between Mike Krzyzewski’s outside game and Steve Fisher’s inside strength.

But the Blue Devils shook off a poor shooting first-half to go on an 18-9 run early in the second period, taking a 56-44 lead with 12:11 left before Michigan rallied.

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