Redick nets 29 points to lead Duke past Indiana
Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick went 10-of-17 from the field
and scored 29 points to lead No. 1 Duke to a hard-fought 75-67 win over 17th-
ranked Indiana in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game from Assembly Hall.
Shelden Williams added 13 points and nine rebounds while freshman guard Greg
Paulus also chipped in 13 points for the Blue Devils (6-0), who have won all
seven games they have played in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
“What a great game,” said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “The atmosphere was
amazing. I want to congratulate the Indiana fans. I remember 30 something
years ago, and it seems as though the place hasn’t changed. When Indiana went
ahead, it was about as loud as any place outside of Cameron (Indoor Arena)
that I have been in.”
Duke shot 52 percent from the floor and made 7-of-17 three-pointers.
Marco Killingsworth poured in a career-high 34 points and grabbed 10 boards
for the Hoosiers (3-1), who have not defeated the top-ranked team in the
country since beating the Blue Devils in the third round of the 2002 NCAA
Marshall Strickland had 11 points in the loss.
Trailing by 10 in the second half, Indiana used an 11-0 flurry, keyed by nine
points from Killingsworth, to take a 59-58 lead with 7:37 to go.
However, Duke refused to fold and Williams’ layup off a feed from Redick gave
the Blue Devils a 64-61 lead with 5:05 to go.
The Hoosiers did get within 67-65 on two free throws by Strickland with 2:33
remaining, but Redick answered with a three-point play to give Duke a little
After a series of misses, Paulus was then fouled with 1:04 to go in the game.
The freshman, though, missed the front end of a 1-and-1, but Indiana failed to
capitalize as Killingsworth missed from in close. However, Williams was called
for travelling on the rebound and on the ensuing possession, Strickland missed
a jumper, but Williams was whistled for a loose ball foul on the play.
Strickland made both shots to make it 70-67 with 47.6 seconds remaining.
Paulus was then immediately fouled again, but this time made both shots for a
“I love what Paulus did tonight,” said Krzyzewski. “In this atmosphere, that
pressure, him being a freshman and this being our first road game of the year,
he played very well. With J.J. (Redick), he has a will to win that you cannot
On the next trip downcourt, Strickland was blocked and Redick grabbed the
rebound where he was fouled with 34.6 seconds left. Redick, though,
uncharacteristically missed one shot and the Blue Devil lead was six points.
A Hoosier turnover followed by two Paulus free throws with 19.5 seconds to go
then sealed the win.
“They made the plays they needed to make to win the game,” said Indiana head
coach Mike Davis…I told our guys that I’m proud of the effort from the five-
minute mark on, but we can be a better basketball team. To lose this game
doesn’t make or break our season if we grow and develop from it.”
Duke wasted no time gaining the upperhand as the nation’s top team jumped out
to a 10-0 lead 2 1/2 minutes into the game. Redick scored four points during
the quick spurt as the Blue Devils began the contest by hitting five of their
first six shots.
Redick’s four-point play moments later made it 16-2, but Indiana used the home
crowd to fight back as it closed within four points on Roderick Wilmont’s
driving layup with 10:25 left in the first half, which capped a 6-0 surge.
“We came out a little anxious at first,” said Killingsworth. “When we settled
down we were ready to play.”
The Hoosiers did not get any closer than four points in the half and
eventually trailed 44-35 at the intermission.
Duke increased the gap to 49-39 minutes into the second half, but IU quickly
trimmed its deficit. A 7-1 run, capped by Strickland’s three-pointer, brought
the Hoosiers within 50-46 with 15:52 left in the game.
However, Redick and Lee Melchionni scored eight straight Blue Devil points to
extend the lead to 58-48.
Indiana again hung tough and put together a critical 11-0 run to grab the
advantage with just under eight minutes to go, setting up the exciting finish.
Redick made 4-of-8 three-point shots…Duke is the only undefeated team in the
ACC/Big Ten Challenge…Indiana made 49 percent of its shots, but was just 2-
of-10 from three-point range…The Hoosiers entered this game having averaged
a 31 point margin of victory in their first three contests…Indiana is 5-15
all-time against the No. 1 team in the nation, including a 1-4 mark in
Bloomington…The Hoosiers are 2-3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge…The all-time
series is tied 3-3.