Duke Dumps Penn, 72-59

They didn't need another miracle shot to keep the season record perfect, but Duke also didn't get the kind of effort they hoped to in beating Penn 72-59 on Wednesday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

J.J. Redick led Duke with 24 points while fellow senior and Virginia Tech savior Sean Dockery continued his emergence on the offensive end with 11 points, six rebounds, and five steals.

With his 24 points, Redick moved into 10th place on the all-time Duke scoring list, passing Trajan Langdon, Art Heyman, and Shane Battier.

Despite the double figure margin, this one wasn't pretty as the Blue Devils were out-rebounded, and out-hustled by their visitors from the Ivy League for much of the game. However the talent gap proved to be too much as Duke pulled away towards the end of the first half and was never really challenged after intermission.

Still, there is a lot of work to be done before the Blue Devils travel to East Rutherford, N.J. for a showdown with No. 2 Texas.

One point of concern was the Quakers' ability to rebound over and around the taller Blue Devils, holding a 34-27 advantage on the night. However, Penn couldn't overcome 26 turnovers forced by Duke.

If the turnovers weren't enough to kill the upset hopes, the inability to contain Duke's starting frontcourt tandem of Shelden Williams and Josh McRoberts was. McRoberts had one of the best games of his young career, hitting for eight points, seven rebounds, four steals, and two blocks. Williams added 21 points, five rebounds, four steals, and two blocks.

After taking a 6-3 lead early on, the Quakers saw Duke quickly reel off a 10-2 spurt to take a 13-8 lead. The Blue Devils wouldn't look back from that point, building 13 point lead by intermission. Penn wouldn't cut the lead under 10 the rest of the way.


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