Williams, No. 2 Duke stomp Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) – Shelden Williams amassed 24 points and 15
rebounds, while J.J. Redick also contributed 24 points to lead second-ranked
Duke to an 80-67 victory over Virginia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference
encounter from Cassell Coliseum.
Williams, who finished 9-of-14 from the field, rebounded from a four-point
outing in Saturday’s 87-84 loss to 21st-ranked Georgetown and the Blue Devils
(18-1, 6-0 ACC) avenged last season’s two-point defeat to the Hokies in
Zabian Dowdell scored 21 points and Coleman Collins had 13 along with 10
rebounds in the loss, Virginia Tech’s (10-9, 0-6) fifth in a row.
The game didn’t have the drama of this year’s earlier meeting between the
schools, in which the Blue Devils pulled out an improbable 77-75 triumph on a
desperation three-pointer by Sean Dockery on December 4. This time around,
Duke built a double-digit lead in the first half and maintained it nearly the
The Hokies had trouble containing Williams down low, as the burly forward
racked up 14 first-half points on 5-of-7 shooting to fuel the Blue Devils to a
cushy 43-30 advantage at the break. Redick did plenty of damage as well,
compiling 11 points over the opening 20 minutes.
Williams made only 2-of-8 field goal attempts in the Georgetown loss.
Duke’s big run in the first half, a 10-2 flurry, began with a three-point play
by Williams that extended the Devils’ lead to 30-21. DeMarcus Nelson netted
the final seven points of the spurt, including a three-pointer with 6:33
remaining before intermission that put Duke up 37-23.
Another three-point play by Williams staked the Devils to a 43-28 lead late in
the half before the Hokies’ Deron Washington closed it out with a dunk off a
Jamon Gordon steal.
Duke continued to pad its lead early in the second half and when Gordon was
called for a technical foul nearly four minutes in, Greg Paulus and Redick
each sunk two free throws to put the Blue Devils up 54-33. Paulus fed Josh
McRoberts for a backdoor layup a minute later to make it a 23-point game.
Virginia Tech made a belated bid afterward, using a 12-3 run capped by Chris
Tucker’s three-point basket to pull within 64-51 with 6:39 to go. The Hokies
got a little closer with 3:05 left when Gordon was fouled on a transition dunk
and hit the bonus attempt to cut the deficit to 72-60.
However, Duke withstood the charge and put the game out of reach on a Redick
layup with 42 seconds remaining that made the score 80-64.
Redick passed both the legendary David Thompson and former Virginia star Jeff
Lamp on the ACC’s all-time scoring list. He now stands seventh overall in
league history with 2,320 career points…Washington was ejected with 1:30
remaining for stepping on Duke’s Lee Melchionni after the two became entangled
near the basket…The Hokies’ previous five defeats in ACC play were by a
combined five points…Duke owns a commanding 32-6 advantage in the all-time