DURHAM, N.C., FEB. 7 -- It is a very rare occasion when a February basketball game produces a performance that people talk about years later. It is even rarer when the player who produces such a masterpiece scores 11 points in the game.

Today, though, Billy King did just that. The 6-foot-5 Duke senior played one of the great defensive basketball games ever seen in this old building, dominating Notre Dame's David Rivers for 40 minutes. That effort was almost solely responsible for Duke's 70-61 victory today before the sellout crowd of 8,562 in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Rivers, the all-America guard, is an almost unstoppable one-on-one player. He was averaging 23.7 points per game and was so crucial to the Irish that as they were introduced, the Duke students chanted, "one-man team."

Not today. "Billy was just magnificent," Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "When you think of all the individual accomplishments in Cameron over the years by home and visiting players, most people remember offensive accomplishments. I think years from now, people will talk about the defense Billy played today."

The stats tell almost the whole story. Rivers shot three for 17 for the game, including zero for five in the second half when he went scoreless. Of his nine first-half points, four came when King took a quick breather. It was the first time in 31 games that Rivers had failed to score in double figures. Amazingly, it was also the first time in 36 games that King -- who averages 4.8 points per game -- had.

"A year from now he'll be a first round draft pick and I'll be working 9 to 5 somewhere," King said. "But I'll have the tape of this game and someday I'll show it to my grandchildren because if I don't, they'll never believe me."

Notre Dame (12-7) did get a superb 23-point performance from Joe Frederick and Duke (16-3) got 16 points from Danny Ferry, 14 from Kevin Strickland and 13 from Robert Brickey. But the story of this game was Rivers-King. "It was sort of like a prize fight," King said.

For 16 minutes, Duke looked a bit punch-drunk. This was the fourth game in seven days for Duke, the most recent one being a devastating loss here Saturday during which they blew a 14-point lead in the last 10 minutes. During the early going today, they still looked hungover from that loss and, even with King controlling Rivers, the rest of the Irish were good enough to piece together a 30-22 lead with 3:39 left.

But Strickland's three-pointer and a pretty backdoor pass from Ferry to King for a three-point play cut the margin to 34-30 and by halftime it was 35-32, Rivers scoring the last point on a free throw with 25 seconds to go. No one in the building would have dreamed that would be his final point of the day.

Poetically, it was King who put Duke ahead, driving the lane with 11:25 left to put the Blue Devils up, 49-48. Then came the sequence that defined this game. Rivers, wanting to put his team back up quickly, came down and set up. He moved right and faked. King didn't move. He moved left and faked. King didn't move. He made one more move. King stayed planted. Finally, the whistle blew: five seconds. Turnover.

Duke came down, swung the ball around and King popped open. A 10-footer for King is usually an adventure. This time it hit nothing but net. It was 51-48; Duke and the Irish were never even again. Rivers didn't even take a shot the last seven minutes.

Neither Rivers nor Coach Digger Phelps saw fit to give King full credit, pointing fingers at the officials. "I'm not one for complaining about the officials," Rivers said. "But today, when I penetrated, there were obvious calls that weren't made. King is a very good defensive player but he was only partly responsible for my performance today."

"David complained?" King said, surprised. "Well, all I'll say is I've never seen an official win or lose a ballgame for us. I've never seen {referee} Joe Forte hit a three-point shot or {referee} Lenny Wirtz take a charge. I think we were just a little better team today."