With one senior All-American firing on all cylinders from the outside, Duke's other honoree, Shelden Williams, went to work on the inside. Williams continued to bounce back from his poor performance in last week's loss to Georgetown by nearly logging his second triple-double in two weeks. Williams scored 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds, and eight blocks.
It seemed as though the Blue Devils would be able to cruise to a blowout victory early on as stifling defense held the Cavaliers to just two points for the first nine minutes of the game. With Redick powering the Blue Devils, it was 20-4 midway through the first half. However, Virginia fought back while Duke got sloppy, committing 15 first half turnovers, allowing the Cavs to close within11 at the half.
After what was described as a spirited halftime speech on the importance of keeping intensity and focus by head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke roared out of halftime with a 10-3 run, leaving the only source of drama surrounding Redick and Williams' pursuit of career marks.
Both had a chance to make the night more memorable statistically, with Redick just needing one more basket to set a new career scoring mark, and Williams needing just two more blocks for another triple-double. But both left the game to standing ovations with just under two minutes remaining and Duke comfortably in the lead.
Duke returns to the court Wednesday when they travel to Boston College for a 9:00 PM tip off against the Eagles.