Duke bounces Virginia, gets shot at N. Carolina

Blue Devils advance, 83-76, behind Ewing's 32 points

March 15, 2003|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN STAFF

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke had redemption on its mind last night in the quarterfinals of the 50th Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum. Today, the Blue Devils will simply be out for revenge.

With an 83-76 victory over sixth-seeded Virginia, third-seeded Duke will get another shot at archrival North Carolina. The matchup will come six days after the Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils in Chapel Hill.

Inserted into the starting lineup, sophomore guard Daniel Ewing made certain of that. Ewing finished with a career-high 32 points - 13 more than his previous best - on 11-for-16 shooting. Ewing made five of seven three-point shots.

"It was a big night," Ewing said. "I just wanted to be a sparkplug on defense, and that carried over to the offensive end. I was able to hit my shots."

Said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski: "Daniel was terrific. His assertiveness was the key to the ballgame."

Krzyzewski said he replaced senior center Casey Sanders with Ewing as a third guard "to try to get faster." Krzyzewski started Sanders in the second half because point guard Chris Duhon had struggled with six first-half turnovers.

"We wanted to get Daniel in the lineup more," Krzyzewski said. "I thought that was a good thing keeping him on the court."

Ewing hit three-point shots to start and finish a 12-2 run that helped the Blue Devils break open a close and physical game, pushing Duke's lead to 47-35. After the Cavaliers cut their deficit back to six, 56-50, Ewing hit another to silence Virginia for good.

Duke (22-6) needed nearly all of Ewing's points because Duhon struggled mightily, finishing with one point. Duhon had seven assists and seven turnovers. Devin Smith led Virginia (15-15) with 19 points, but Travis Watson had just eight before fouling out.

"I hate losing more than anybody," said Virginia coach Pete Gillen. "I hate losing more than I enjoy winning."

The victory put the Blue Devils in the ACC tournament semifinals for the seventh straight year and gave Duke an opportunity to extend its record of four straight ACC tournament championships.

It also will mark the first time in 40 years that all four North Carolina teams will play in the semifinals.

VIRGINIA - Byars 5-6 0-0 11, Watson 3-8 2-3 8, Rogers 2-2 0-0 4, Billet 3-8 0-0 7, Smith 5-9 5-9 19, Vander Laan 0-0 0-0 0, Mapp 4-9 1-3 9, Harper 1-1 1-2 3, Clark 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 6-8 2-2 15. Totals 29-51 11-19 76. DUKE - Williams 4-6 2-2 10, Jones 5-14 4-6 16, Redick 3-6 4-4 12, Ewing 11-16 5-5 32, Duhon 0-2 1-2 1, Horvath 2-3 2-2 6, Dockery 1-2 0-0 2, Sanders 2-5 0-2 4, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-54 18-23 83. Half-Virginia, 30-29. 3-point goals-Virginia 7-12 (Smith 4-5, Brown 1-1, Byars 1-2, Billet 1-3, Mapp 0-1), Duke 9-19 (Ewing 5-7, Jones 2-4, Redick 2-5, Duhon 0-1, Horvath 0-1, Dockery 0-1). Fouled out-Watson, Williams. Rebounds-Virginia 30 (Watson 7), Duke 27 (Jones 6). Assists-Virginia 13 (Billet 7), Duke 14 (Duhon 7). Total fouls-Virginia 21, Duke 19. Technicals-Brown, Elton. A-23,745.

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