Williams Rallies Duke Past Tech

On a night when the college basketball world was ready to crown J.J. Redick as the ACC's all-time leading scorer, it was Duke's most valuable player, Shelden Williams, that carried the load for Coach Mike Krzyzewski's team as Duke clinched the ACC regular season title outright with a 73-66 come from behind win in Atlanta.

Williams, who has quietly watched as his more famous classmate has accumulated the bulk of the media's attention this season, once again was the difference maker for the Blue Devils, scoring a team high 26 points while grabbing 11 rebounds as Duke rallied form an 11 point second half deficit to move to 14-0 in conference play and 26-1 overall.

While "The Landlord" was dominating inside, Redick had his worst shooting night of the season, making just five of 21 attempts on the night and just one of six from the perimeter.

With Duke's top scorer on the fritz, the Yellow Jackets seemed poised to spring one of the biggest upsets of the year by expanding a five point halftime cushion to a comfortable 11 point margin less than two minutes into the half. However, as had been their practice all season, Tech couldn't hold on, and let another game slip away.

Trailing by 11. Redick missed yet another perimeter jumper but was saved by Williams who converted the offensive rebound for a three point play. Williams would then bookend a baseline hook with a pair of dunks that brought Duke even at 47-47.

After a quick 6-0 run by Tech, Redick's shooting woes would hit rock bottom as the senior failed to convert a wide open lay-up that was followed by freshman Josh McRoberts. The 6-foot-10 freshman scored again at the 9:48 mark to re-tie the score at 53.

McRoberts finished with 10 points, five rebounds, and four steals on the night.

After the flush by McRoberts, Redick seemed to find his stroke for moment, nailing his only three-pointer of the night and then converting a pair of free throws to push the Duke lead to 60-53.

Though Georgia Tech close to within a basket on a Mario West jumper, the Yellow Jackets didn't have enough left to counter the final Duke push, a 9-0 spurt that came solely on free throws.

Redick finished with 22 points on the night, after securing the victory down the stretch at the free throw line where he converted 11-of-12 attempts on the night. Sophomore DeMarcus Nelson added 10 points in 31 minutes off the bench.

Freshman Greg Paulus was held scoreless, but did hand out eight assists against just one turnover.

Redick now needs just nine points to set the all-time ACC scoring mark. He'll have his chance on Saturday afternoon as Duke travels to Temple for the final non-conference match up of the year.


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