Record Falls; Williams Leads Duke Over Temple

On the day when the all-time ACC scoring record was broken by Duke's J.J. Redick, it was the rest of his team that carried the All-American to a 27th win on the season. Five Blue Devils reached double figures led by Shelden Williams, as top ranked Duke beat Temple 74-66 in Philadelphia.

On the day when the all-time ACC scoring record was broken by Duke's J.J. Redick, it was the rest of his team that carried the All-American to a 27th win on the season. Five Blue Devils reached double figures led by Shelden Williams, as top ranked Duke beat Temple 74-66 in Philadelphia. Redick, who struggled to score for the second consecutive game, finished the afternoon with a season low 11 points, but it was more than enough to break the 51-year old record held by former Wake Forest standout Dickie Hemric.

With the record finally behind him, Redick can now get back to the business of leading his team in the scoring column according to head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"I could tell that this past week, even against Georgia Tech, he didn't have a lot of fun this week," said Krzyzewski. "He wants it over and now it's over. He can get back to being the great player that he is."

After failing to find his rhythm from the field all afternoon, Redick drew a foul and calmly sank a pair of free throws with under two minutes to go to pass Hemric. Soon after the Blue Devil captain would leave the court to a standing ovation from the Duke supporters on hand in the Wachovia Center.

While Redick finally broke the record, it would have been a bittersweet accomplishment had it not been for the play of fellow All-American Shelden Williams.

For the second straight contest, Williams led the team in scoring (23 points including 18 in the first half) and rebounding (12) to help the Blue Devils claim their 27th win in 28 games this season and tenth straight victory.

Temple, which was looking for just its third victory over the nation's top ranked team in program history, made several late runs to place some pressure on the Blue Devils, but could never convert that one clutch basket when Duke was seemingly on the ropes.

Eventually Duke was able to seal the game with free throws down the stretch, but even that didn't come easy as the ACC's best free throw shooting team shot just 64 percent from the foul line.

Duke had five players reach double figures against the Owls. Joining the two All-Americans were freshmen Greg Paulus (13), DeMarcus Nelson (12), and Josh McRoberts (10).

Paulus added five assists, but also suffered six turnovers on the afternoon. McRoberts added seven rebounds.

Duke, which has already clinched the ACC regular season championship, will conclude conference play with a road trip to Tallahassee, Fla. to face Florida State on Wednesday before returning home for the regular season finale against North Carolina on Saturday.


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