Redick Sets Scoring Mark as Duke Rolls

After nearly four years, J.J. Redick has finally reached the top of the mountain. On Sunday night the 6-foot-4 senior from Roanoke, Va. Scored a game high 30 points to not only help his team clinch the ACC regular season title, but also become the Blue Devils' all time leading scorer in a 92-71 victory over Miami.

Redick, who scored 22 of his 30 in the first half, finally passed Duke associate head coach Johnny Dawkins by knocking down a long three right in front of the Duke bench to become the program's top scorer, with 4:11 remaining in the game and Duke leading by 20.

Dawkins' record, which stood for 20 years, was 2,556 points over four seasons in which the three-point line was not in existence.

While classmate Redick was the story of the night, the most valuable player for Duke on Sunday was fellow senior Shelden Williams, who logged another double-double by scoring 17 points and grabbing a game high 15 rebounds to help the Blue Devils prepare to retake the nation's top ranking on Monday.

In addition to the two All-Americans, Duke got a balanced scoring punch from the rest of the roster led by freshman Josh McRoberts who scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a career best 27 minutes of action. Joining McRoberts in double figures was sophomore DeMarcus Nelson who scored 13 points off the bench.

The victory moves the Blue Devils to 25-1 overall and a perfect 13-0 in ACC play. The 13 straight conference wins, coupled with three losses by second place NC State give Duke the 2006 ACC regular season title with three conference games remaining.

Redick left the game with just under two minutes remaining to thunderous applause and a hug from Dawkins and the rest of the coaching staff, with Duke leading by 20.

The game looked to be much closer midway through the first half, with Duke leading by just four at 30-26, but McRoberts scored eight points over the final four and a half minutes, keying a 19-4 run that pushed the lead to 19 with under a minute remaining.

Though Miami would cut the lead to as few as 10 in the second half, the Hurricanes would get no closer and would not challenge to spoil Redick's career night.


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