1 vs. 2: Devils' delight

Redick's 41 points power top-ranked Duke by Texas

Duke 97 Texas 66

December 11, 2005|By PAUL MCMULLEN | PAUL MCMULLEN,SUN REPORTER

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Cameron Indoor Stadium has rarely been this cozy.

J.J. Redick added another chapter to Duke's success story at Continental Airlines Arena yesterday. The smooth senior guard from Roanoke, Va., blew open a nationally televised game with a career-high 41 points in the top-ranked Blue Devils' 97-66 rout of No. 2 Texas.

"J.J. had a spectacular performance," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "It's up there with any a kid has had for me."

It was 17 years to the day after Danny Ferry went for a Duke- and Atlantic Coast Conference-record 58 points at Miami, and four seasons after Jason Williams got a career-high 38 in an overtime win over Kentucky, at the Meadowlands, no less.

Duke (9-0) ran its record here to 17-1.

It's odd to describe a team at the end of a 3-0 week as enjoying a cathartic experience, but accurate in this case, as Redick and the Blue Devils put aside two shaky wins to pound the Longhorns.

Duke was somber after it needed a 40-footer at the buzzer by Sean Dockery to beat Virginia Tech, and sluggish in a win over Pennsylvania. An onerous weather forecast led Krzyzewski to bring his team to New Jersey on Thursday night, and Redick made the most of the preparation.

At yesterday morning's shoot-around, Redick found the rims and backdrop pleasing, then added to what he called the arena's "aestethics" with a game that featured a school-record-tying nine three-pointers.

"At the shoot-around, a ballboy asked me how many I was going to get," Redick said. "I told him, `I don't care, as long as we win.' "

Redick came in averaging 14.3 points in the first half alone and had that many after 10 minutes.

His three-pointer from the left side with three minutes elapsed put the Blue Devils on top for good. Kenton Paulino was still a step behind two minutes later, when Redick made one from an Exit 16W ramp to the New Jersey Turnpike.

P.J. Tucker then took a turn checking the 6-foot-4 Redick, who had 22 at the half. Sophomore point guard Daniel Gibson got the assignment to start the second. After the Longhorns drew within 47-42, Redick got a shooter's roll from the top of the key that seemed to deflate Texas (8-1).

Redick had half of Duke's points, including a called bank shot, during a 16-0 run. While the Longhorns were going more than eight minutes without a field goal, he never went as long as five without a point until going scoreless over the last six. By then, Redick had added J.D. Lewis to his stooges, with a pump fake and three on the left wing.

Shelden Williams got 14 of his 23 in the second half. Dockery clamped down on Gibson, as the slick sophomore disappeared after starting each half with strong scoring moves.

Coach Rick Barnes got caught with Gibson on the bench during a pivotal stretch at the end of the first half. He also missed senior forward Brad Buckman, who was restricted to seven minutes with a tight calf.

It was the third regular-season game between the nation's top-ranked teams since 1991. The Blue Devils were No. 2 when they lost at North Carolina in 1994 and '98, the second time by 24, and more than made amends with the most lopsided regular-season 1-2 margin since UCLA beat Houston by 32 in the 1968 NCAA semifinals.

Gibson and 6-10 LaMarcus Aldridge, who led Texas with 21 points, were in high school two years ago, when Duke pounded the Longhorns by 28 at Madison Square Garden. The move across the Hudson River made no difference.

"If we get them in Austin," Barnes said, "I guarantee it would be different."

Texas quarterback Vince Young watched most of the first half, then went to Manhattan for the Heisman Trophy presentation.

The Longhorns lost that one, too.

paul.mcmullen@baltsun.com

DUKE - McRoberts 3-6 0-0 6, Williams 7-12 9-10 23, Paulus 2-4 4-4 8, Redick 13-24 6-6 41, Dockery 2-3 2-2 7, Pocius 2-3 0-0 5, Melchionni 1-3 0-0 3, Boykin 1-2 2-2 4, Perkins 0-0 0-0 0, Boateng 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-58 23-24 97. TEXAS - Tucker 6-14 2-3 14, Buckman 0-3 2-2 2, Aldridge 8-13 5-6 21, Gibson 6-11 0-0 13, Paulino 6-9 0-1 14, Lewis 0-1 0-0 0, Abrams 0-3 0-0 0, Winder 0-1 0-0 0, Atchley 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 27-59 9-12 66. Halftime-Duke, 45-33. 3-point goals-Duke 12-22 (Redick 9-16, Dockery 1-1, Pocius 1-2, Melchionni 1-3), Texas 3-12 (Paulino 2-3, Gibson 1-5, Abrams 0-1, Lewis 0-1, Atchley 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Duke 31 (Dockery 7), Texas 30 (Tucker 7). Assists-Duke 15 (Paulus 5), Texas 7 (Gibson, Tucker 2). Total fouls-Duke 15, Texas 18. A-19,579.

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