Devils Drop Virginia 93-75

J.J. Redick scored 25 points, and Shelden Williams had 19 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday night to lift No. 1 Duke past Virginia 93-75.

Freshman Luol Deng scored 11 points despite seeing limited action due to an injury for the Blue Devils (21-1, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won 18 straight games overall and 39 in a row at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke has won 18 of 20 meetings with the Cavaliers (12-9, 2-8) dating to the 1995-96 season.

Elton Brown scored 24 points for Virginia, which fell to 1-25 all-time against top-ranked teams, including an 0-13 mark against Duke when it is No. 1.

J.R. Reynolds added 16 points for the Cavaliers.

The Blue Devils had to play most of the first half without Deng, who was injured when he charged into Brown with 17:47 left in the half. He limped off the court under his own power and was sidelined for the rest of the half.

But he returned with 16:29 to play and provided a spark to a Blue Devils team struggling to put away the pesky Cavaliers.

He scored nine points in 4 minutes, beginning with an up-and-under move that drew a foul on Derrick Byars. He completed the three-point play for a 55-47 lead, then drained a jumper off a feed from Redick from the right corner to maintain the eight-point edge.

Virginia clawed within 57-54 on a stickback from Brown and a 3 from Byars, but the Blue Devils answered with a 17-5 run that restored their double-digit lead.

Deng was key in that run, scoring on a stickback of a miss by Sean Dockery then firing the outlet pass that led to Chris Duhon's transition layup for a 63-54 lead with 11:41 to play.

The freshman then brought the rowdy Cameron crowd to its feet with a two-handed slam off an alley-oop pass from Duhon. Duhon finished the run on the next play, finding Williams with a behind-the-back pass on the break for another slam and a 74-59 lead with 8:10 to play.

Williams and the Blue Devils had trouble stopping Brown, who hurt the Blue Devils with his tough moves in the post and his second-chance baskets. But the Cavaliers committed 15 turnovers, leading to 18 Duke points.

Duke shot 52 percent and outrebounded Virginia 38-25.


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