Duke Battles Past Miami, 80-76

It wasn't pretty, but as the old adage goes, the only thing that matters in March is the ability to survive and advance. Duke did that on Friday afternoon in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals with a four point victory over upset minded Miami. The Blue Devils will face the winner of the NC State-Wake Forest game tomorrow at 1:30 PM.

J.J. Redick overcame yet another slow start to score a game high 25 points, while Shelden Williams added 14 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocks as Duke rallied to beat Miami 80-76 in the ACC Quarterfinal Round on Friday afternoon.

Redick, who missed his first four attempts from the field, would hit nine of his remaining 13 attempts including 5-of-7 from the perimeter to guide his team into the tournament's semifinal round for the ninth straight season. Perhaps the biggest shot the ACC's all-time leading scorer knocked down was a fall away jumper in the final minute to give Duke a three point lead.

With their senior sharpshooter doing his best mid-season impression, Duke also got 14 points from swingman DeMarcus Nelson along with 10 points and seven rebounds from freshman big forward Josh McRoberts to improve to a staggering 24-1 in the tournament since 1999.

After Guillermo Diaz drove past his defender and converted a tough lay-up to knot the game at 72, Duke went inside to Williams who was fouled and converted both free throws to put his team up for good.

Miami would then split a pair of free throws, giving Duke the ball with a one point lead. Redick curled off a screen and knocked down a jumper from just inside the three point line to make it a three point game. Miami's Robert Hite would then miss an ill-advised three that would toll the final bell for the Hurricanes.

Duke will look for more improved shooting from Redick, who made more than half his field goal attempts for the first time since February 19th. During that stretch he had shot a paltry 23-of-80 overall and just 8-of-36 from the perimeter.


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