Redick flirts with perfection as Duke crushes Virginia
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick delivered 40 points in a near-
perfect shooting performance which carried second-ranked Duke to an 82-63
victory over Virginia at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Redick made 11-of-13 shot attempts, including 8-of-10 from three-point range,
and missed just one of 11 free throw tries to lead the Blue Devils (19-1, 7-0
ACC) to their second straight win following last Saturday’s defeat at No. 21
Georgetown. Redick tied a career-high with 41 points in that game.
Shelden Williams compiled 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks for Duke,
which broke the game open with a 17-0 first-half run and was never seriously
J.R. Reynolds topped the Cavaliers (10-7, 4-3), which had a three-game win
streak broken, with 19 points. Leading scorer Sean Singletary netted 13 points
but ended just 5-of-13 from the field.
Redick ignited Duke’s huge first-half surge with a three-pointer and had eight
points during the burst, which ended with two Williams free throws that gave
the Blue Devils a whopping 20-2 lead nine minutes into the game.
Virginia missed eight shots and committed four turnovers during its 7 1/2-
minute scoring drought.
Reynolds caught fire near the end of the half, however, as the junior guard
dropped in eight points in less than two minutes and brought the Cavaliers
within 33-24 after sinking a jumper from beyond the arc with 27 seconds left
in the half. Williams then scored on the other end to give Duke an 11-point
cushion at intermission.
Redick then completely took over after the break, as the All-American
sharpshooter nailed all five of his field goal attempts, four of which were
three-pointers, and racked up 24 points in the second half.
He began a 13-3 run with back-to-back three-pointers as the Blue Devils began
to pull away. DeMarcus Nelson’s layup capped the flurry with just over 15
minutes left and gave Duke a commanding 53-30 advantage.
After UVa’s Laurnyas Mikalauskas scored on a putback shortly afterward, Redick
drained another triple and made three free throws during a string of eight
straight Duke points that extended the margin to 61-32.
The Cavs never got closer than 17 points over the remainder of the contest.
Redick now has 2,360 career points and passed Mike Gminski (2,323) for third
place on Duke’s all-time scoring list. Redick’s point total is the sixth-best
in ACC history…Redick’s eight three-pointers was one shy of Duke’s single-
game record of nine set by Shane Battier against Princeton on November 14,
2000…Williams had nine blocks against the Cavs during last season’s meeting
in Durham…Virginia hasn’t won at Cameron in its last 11 visits. The Cavs’
last win there came on January 14, 1995…Duke has won 22 of its last 24 games