No. 1 Duke throttles second-ranked Longhorns behind Redick’s 41
=== No. 1 Duke throttles second-ranked Longhorns behind Redick’s 41 ===
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick poured in a career-high 41
points to lead top-ranked Duke to a 97-66 win over No. 2 Texas at Continental
Redick, who was 9-of-16 from three-point range, eclipsed the 2,000-point mark
for his career, as the Blue Devils (9-0) improved to 3-0 all-time versus
the Longhorns. Shelden Williams added 23 points in the win — Duke’s 10th
straight at Continental Airlines Arena.
Redick has 2,029 career points and became the ninth player in Duke history to
reach the 2,000-point mark, joining Johnny Dawkins (2,556), Christian Laettner
(2,460), Mike Gminski (2,323), Danny Ferry (2,155), Mark Alarie (2,136), Gene
Banks (2,079), Jason Williams (2,079) and Jim Spanarkel (2,012).
“I think this was a good early season test for us,” Redick said after the
game. “We’re not where we want to be yet.”
LaMarcus Aldridge led Texas (8-1) with 21 points, while Kenton Paulino and
P.J. Tucker both had 14 in the loss. Daniel Gibson chipped in 13 points for
the Longhorns, who were trying to beat a top-ranked team for the first time in
school history (0-6).
Paulino buried a three-pointer and Tucker hit a pair of foul shots to pull
Texas within five early in the second half. Redick, though, knocked down a
three to make it a 50-42 contest.
Duke then ran Texas out of Continental Airlines Arena, grabbing a 69-46
cushion on consecutive three-pointers by Redick with about 13 minutes to go in
the second half.
Redick’s ninth three of the afternoon staked the Blue Devils to a 76-54 lead
with 7 1/2 minutes left in the game. The Longhorns never threatened the rest
of the way and suffered the 31-point loss.
Lee Melchionni buried a three-pointer for a 24-17 Duke lead with about 10 1/2
minutes remaining in the first half. Moments later, Redick and Williams then
made consecutive baskets to extend the margin to 35-23 with six minutes to go.
Josh McRoberts then threw down back-to-back two-handed jams, giving Duke a
39-27 lead with 4:40 left in the opening half. Aldridge and Mike Williams
added baskets to pull Texas within eight points, but the Blue Devils headed to
the locker room with a 45-33 lead.
Redick led all scorers at the break with 22 points, while Paulino paced the
Longhorns with 11.
Duke is 17-1 all-time at Continental Airlines Arena…Duke head coach Mike
Krzyzewski improved to 8-3 against Texas head coach Rick Barnes…Coach K is
3-0 versus the Longhorns under Barnes and he was 5-3 against Clemson when
Barnes was in charge there from 1994-1998…Krzyzewski has won the last seven
meetings between the two coaches…Texas star quarterback and Heisman Trophy
candidate Vince Young was in attendance.