So it should come as no surprise that the University of Miami was smoked, 83-59, Thursday night in Durham, as the ‘Canes tournament hopes look that much dimmer.
Duke was not about to lose on their senior night as they were led by J.J. Redick's 29 points and Shelden Williams' 14 point, 12 rebound effort. Senior guard Daniel Ewing turned in a career high 10 assists.
Duke won every meaningful statistical category Thursday night. Rebounds: 40-35, blocks: 8-7, assists: 16-7, steals: 8-5, and they forced 17 turnovers to Miami's 13.
Miami was led by guards Robert Hite and Guillermo Diaz as they scored 17 and 14 points each. Forward Gary Hamilton led UM with 10 rebounds—seven offensive—and Anthony King rejected four shots in the losing effort.
Heading into the final five games of the season, Miami was in good position to make a run at the tournament. But, Miami lost 4 of its final 5 games.
In the first half, Miami dug themselves into a hole they could not get themselves out of.
Duke began the game frustrating Miami with their intense defense, causing forced shots from the ‘Canes. In the first game versus Duke, Miami was beat up inside by center Shelden Williams, but this time Duke took control from outside. Duke hit 12 of its first 16 points on three-pointers, opening up a commanding 16-4 lead over UM.
The domination continued the rest of the half. At the ten-minute mark, Miami was shooting a dreadful 4-for-15 from the field, while Duke was 9-for-15 and 5-for-9 on three-pointers.
Duke guard, J.J. Redick led all scorers with 18 points, equaling Miami's guard trio. Shavlik Randolph pulled down 5 rebounds, and center Sheldon Williams finished the half with 2 blocks.
Duke forced 12 turnovers on six steals and hit a total of seven three-pointers in the first half. Duke converted 14 points off turnovers.
Miami was led in the half by Hite with eight points, while Gary Hamilton provided a spark off the bench with five rebounds. Miami shot 10-for-29 from the field in the half.
Miami did not start the second half any better. UM allowed Duke to jump out to a 10-0 run and the ‘Canes scored their first bucket four minutes into the half. Duke eventually built a 64-30 lead.
Miami answered with an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 64-41 and that would be the best run they could muster the rest of the game.
Point guard Anthony Harris did not start the game, due to his play versus Georgia Tech.
Duke Crusies Past UM
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