Redick Powers Duke Past UVa

Before this season it was rare that anyone wearing Duke blue was able to score 30 points more than one in a season. These days it's becoming routine for J.J. Redick, who tallied his third 40 point outing of the season, in what was his finest shooting performance, as Duke rolled over Virginia 82-63 to remain perfect in the ACC.

Redick, who has twice scored 41 this season, was brilliant from the start, making his first six field goal attempts before finishing 11-of-13 from the field including 8-of-10 from the perimeter as Duke improved to 7-0 in the ACC.

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.

Freshman big forward Josh McRoberts, making his second straight start, finished with nine points and five rebounds, while classmate Greg Paulus added eight assists.

Duke returns to the court Wednesday when they travel to Boston College for a 9:00 PM tip off against the Eagles.


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