No Doubt. Duke Demolishes Texas

Heading to New Jersey there were few who expected a Duke victory. After struggling through their first eight games, the Blue Devils left no doubt that the number one ranking is in good hands after humiliating No. 2 Texas, 97-66 on Saturday afternoon behind a career best 41 from senior J.J. Redick.

In what was supposed to be a marquee match-up, Duke took command early and continued the trend of blowing out the Longhorns on a national stage. Duke had beaten Texas by 26 in 2001, and then 28 two years ago. It was more of the same Saturday as Redick moved into eight position on the all-time Duke scoring list.

The Duke senior scored 22 first half points, nine straight points to make it a 17-11 game just over five minutes into the contest. Though Texas would pull within four at 21-17, Duke used a 14-6 spurt to push the lead to double figures, where it would stay until the halftime buzzer came with the Blue Devils holding a 45-33 advantage.

The Longhorns, who had already produced late game rallies against ranked opponents West Virginia and Iowa, started the second period with a quick 9-2 run to pull within five just two minutes into the second half behind dribble penetration from sophomore point guard Daniel Gibson. The momentum swing forced Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to call timeout, that proved to be the turning point of the afternoon.

After implementing a half court trap, Redick knocked down another perimeter jumper that ignited a 16-0 run that would push the lead to 66-44 with 13 and a half minutes remaining.

With under six minutes remaining, Redick converted a pair of free throws to set a new career high of 41, bettering his previous mark of 38 against Wake Forest last season. He also became the first Blue Devil to score 40 points since Danny Ferry's school record 58 point out-burst against Miami 17 years ago.

Redick wasn't the only Duke senior putting in time on Saturday either. Shelden Williams added 19 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks while Sean Dockery added seven points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals for the victors.

Freshman Josh McRoberts tied Dockery and Williams for team high honors on the boards with seven rebounds to help Duke out-rebound Texas 32-24 on the afternoon. McRoberts added six points to the cause while classmate Greg Paulus tallied eight points, four rebounds, and six assists against one turnover.

Duke, which improved to 9-0 on the season, returns to the friendly confines of Cameron Indoor on Sunday, December 18th to host Valparaiso in a non-conference game.

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