Player Quotes: Duke Vs. NC State

J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams, and Sean Dockery met the media following the win over NC State.

Duke Players Senior J.J. Redick:

"N.C. State is a really tough team. They were more together than any team we've played all year, and we knew it was going to be a 40 minute team. It was a team that we weren't going to be able to put away and we'd have to battle them for 40 minutes, and sure enough, that's how it turned out."

On the six-point possession in the second half:
"Obviously that was the turning point in the game. That's what gave us the lead that we never relinquished. Sean [Dockery] just made a tough shot, and, like we did a few times early in the game, we made a hustle play off a missed free throw. Then Lee [Melchionni]'s shot is a shot that we just love to take. We work on that shot - it's a three off an offensive rebound. Not a lot of teams really look to take that shot, but it's a huge momentum shot for us, and he took it with a lot of guts and it gave us a lot of energy because the crowd, after he hit that shot, was incredible."

"In the second half, we kind of just opened things up. We didn't call any plays. We didn't call one audible, one play the entire second half, except for the last four minutes when we ran that two-three motion just to run the shot clock down. Everything was just our motion offense, and when that happens, it's going to open things up for other guys, especially when I'm driving like I did in the second half. I got some kick-outs, and then, even when I kicked it out, we made another extra pass and got an even better look."

On N.C. State going without a field goal in the last six minutes:
"We knew that defense was going to win this game for us. They have such an intricate offense with so many different options off of it and we knew that we had to shut them down at some point. They got a lot of run-outs in transition and got to the free throw line some, but our halfcourt defense was great all night. We stopped fouling their great free throw shooters in the last six minutes, and they didn't get any transition buckets."

Senior Sean Dockery:
On the six-point possession in the second half: "Plays like that - we practice that a lot. Coach [Mike Kryzewski] always talks about plays that take the life out of teams, and that play right there, that's what it did. It's just something that you always want to do, and we were lucky that we did it today."

"It was very difficult [to win the game]. They're a great team. They run [their offense] extremely well. It was a challenge for us and we were successful. We're proud that we showed that we're a mature team and came up with the win."

On his five assists and no turnovers in 32 minutes:
"That's news to me. That's great. That's something I'm trying to work on, [not] turning the ball over. I think I'm doing pretty well this year. It's great - I'm showing that I'm mature and I'm getting older and I can look for the open man and control the ball.

Senior Shelden Williams:

On becoming Duke's all-time leader in blocked shots:
"It's a blessing to be put in a position where you can accomplish a goal like that and put your name with the likes of the greats like Mike Gminski. It's a great accomplishment. I just can't say anything more about it. It's just a great feeling to have. My main thing is I try to do whatever my team needs me to do. If they need me to play defense, rebound, block shots, that's something I'll do. Fortunately, today we all played great defense, especially in the second half."

"Our guards played a lot better on the defensive end [in the second half], and they weren't allowing their men to penetrate the basketball. In the first half I got caught trying to help out, leaving my man open for some uncontested layups. In the second half, they locked down on the defensive end and stopped their men from penetrating and allowed me to play more one-on-one defense on my man, and I think that was one of the keys to the game."


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