Devils Survive Bloomington, 75-67

Heading to Bloomington the Blue Devils knew a battle awaited as the Hoosiers were frothing at the mouth to upset the nation's top ranked team. It nearly happened as Duke overcame a career night from the biggest Hoosier to remain undefeated in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge with a 75-67 victory on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.

J.J. Redick scored a team high 29 points, 15 in the first half, while Shelden Williams and Greg Paulus added 13 each as Duke survived a number of timely Indiana runs before pulling away to improve to 6-0 on the season.

If Redick continued his push for National Player of the Year and All-America honors, then Indiana's Marco Killingsworth made a case for All-World honors, scoring a career best 34 points, many of them right over or around reigning Defensive Player of the Year Shelden Williams. Killingsworth added nine rebounds.

After leading by nine at the half, Duke quickly saw Indiana crank up the defensive effort while continuing to feed Killingsworth inside. It worked as Indiana used an 11-0 run to take the lead at 59-58.

However, Killingsworth would go to the bench and Duke would turn to Williams and Redick to make the difference. The seniors responded with Williams scoring back to back baskets on the inside before Redick knocked down a long three to make it 67-63 at the 3:45 mark.

The Hoosiers would cut it to two on the next possession before Redick took his man off the dribble and got fouled as he finished the lay-up to make it a five point game after the free throw at 70-75.

Duke seemed to have the game in hand after Williams rebounded a Killingsworth miss and was seemingly pushed to the floor. However the referees ruled that the Duke big man had not had any help, and had, instead, traveled -- giving the Hoosiers the ball back. On the ensuing possession Williams' night would end on a loose ball foul that sent Marshall Strickland to the line, where he sunk both free throws to cut the lead to 70-67.

After the inbounds play, it was up to freshman Greg Paulus to head to the line for a one and one situation. After missing the front end just 40 seconds earlier, Paulus calmly converted both free throws to push the lead back to five.

The Blue Devils started strong, jumping on the Hoosiers 16-2 early forcing Mike Davis to call two early timeouts. Indiana quickly turned up the intensity on the defensive end, forcing Duke into 14 first half turnovers before pulling to within four at 22-18. Davis also lit a fire under senior transfer Marco Killingsworth who scored 17 first period points on 8-of-9 shooting, hitting several shots over Shelden Williams.

A pair of buckets from Greg Paulus and Redick in the final minute pushed the lead to 44-35 at intermission.

Making his return to Indiana, freshman Josh McRoberts added six points, three rebounds, and two blocks despite serious foul trouble that limited him to 18 minutes.

Williams finished with nine rebounds and six blocks.


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