Redick Unstoppable As Duke Rolls

What a difference a day makes. Less than 24 hours removed from a horrendous shooting performance, J.J. Redick found his range and stayed locked in all afternoon while carrying the Blue Devils in an unprecedented eighth straight ACC Tournament Championship Game.

Redick scored a Duke tournament record 35 points including seven three pointers as Duke rallied from an eight point deficit to pull away from North Carolina State 76-69 in the second ACC semifinal round on Saturday.

Duke moves into the title game where a rejuvenated Georgia Tech squad awaits after the Yellow Jackets beat top seed North Carolina 78-75 in the early game.

After trading baskets for much of the first half, the Blue Devils found themselves in a four point hole entering halftime as the Wolfpack shot a sizzling 54% from the field in the opening half, while out-rebounding Duke 20-10. Still, behind Redick's 14 first half points, Duke trailed by just four at 38-34.

After a Shelden Williams basket cut the lead to two, NC State got hot from the perimeter as back to back three pointers from Ilian Evtimov and Engin Astur built a 44-36 advantage, and forced Mike Krzyzewski to burn an early timeout.

Duke came back with a line up of four guards and senior forward Reggie Love, in an effort to match the Wolfpack's speed. The strategy worked as Duke quickly reeled off a 7-0 run capped off by a Daniel Ewing three to cut the lead to one.

Soon after the post players returned and Duke went to work with Redick firing from the perimeter. The junior knocked down a three from the perimeter to put the Blue Devils up for good. Soon after, offensive rebounds by Shelden Williams, Shavlik Randolph, and DeMarcus Nelson began giving Duke extra looks at the basket that would put the game away.

Williams finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Randolph added 6 points and four rebounds. Nelson, despite major problems finishing, added nine rebounds as well.

For the game Duke shot 50% from the floor and 48% from the perimeter, but it was at the free throw line where the Blue Devils faltered, hitting just 9-of-19 attempts, including six consecutive misses down the stretch to keep the Wolfpack alive.

The championship game will tip off at 1:00 PM EST tomorrow.

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