Redick stars as No. 2 Duke edges North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick poured in 35 points in a
building where he had never tallied 20, as No. 2 Duke blew a 17-point second-
half lead then rallied to defeat No. 23 North Carolina, 87-83, at the Smith
“It’s a great game. Carolina has done wonders with their team,” said Duke
coach Mike Krzyzewski. “Their fans have been so supportive. They supported
them again tonight in first-class fashion. It was an honor to play here
tonight. Thought we beat a really good basketball team.”
The two schools separated by just eight miles squared off for the 220th time
and provided another epic chapter in the long, storied rivalry. Duke and North
Carolina have combined for 30 Final Four appearances and seven national
championships entering the 2005-06 season.
Redick has been a part of several Triangle tussles in his four-year career.
The guard, who by season’s end will become the all-time leading scorer in
school history, made big shots down the stretch including a step-back three
over Wes Miller with 1:56 left that opened a 79-75 lead.
“It’s very satisfying to win the ballgame,” said Redick. “I guess I’m leaving
here 2-2 at the Dean Dome. It’s not bad, but to come out of here with a win as
a senior it feels good.”
Josh McRoberts had by far his best game since stepping foot on the Durham
campus with 17 points and five rebounds, while Sean Dockery scored 14 and
Shelden Williams compiled 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for Duke
(21-1, 9-0 ACC), which remained unbeaten in conference play and won its fifth
straight contest despite being pushed to the wire for the second time in four
The Blue Devils defeated Florida State 97-96 in overtime on Saturday.
Reyshawn Terry and David Noel, two of the holdovers from last season’s
national championship squad, scored 17 and 13 points respectively, while Tyler
Hansbrough tallied 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the loss.
“It’s very disappointing there’s no question about that,” said Tar Heels coach
Roy Williams. “If you didn’t care about who won the game, you had to enjoy the
ebb and flow of a great college basketball game. But I do care who wins, and
so it wasn’t that much fun for me.”
Noel also pulled down nine rebounds and dished out five assists, as the Tar
Heels held a massive 45-26 edge on the boards.
The starting backcourt of Miller and Bobby Frasor scored 10 points apiece, as
North Carolina (14-6, 5-4) dropped four games behind the Blue Devils in the
conference race and had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Duke built a comfortable 52-35 lead on Dockery’s trey with 17:01 left, but UNC
head coach Roy Williams’ used a coaching tactic that awoke a nervous,
freshman-oriented starting rotation.
Williams pulled all five starters and gave them a stern lecture on the bench.
Not only did Williams bench his five starters, but he put little used Mike
Copeland, along with Byron Sanders and Quentin Thomas into the game.
The result was a 26-9 burst that shook the Smith Center and tied the contest
at 61-61. Throughout the stretch, the Tar Heels consistently beat Duke to
loose balls and pounded the Blue Devils on the glass.
Within the scoring stretch was a 10-0 burst to square the game. Marcus Ginyard
scored the first four points, then Terry buried consecutive treys. The second
long-distance jumper made the score 61-61 with 7:14 remaining.
A three by Noel pushed UNC in front 64-63, then he cleaned up Hansbrough’s
miss with a putback with 6:12 left. The lead eventually grew to 71-66 on
Thomas’ free throw with 4:33 on the clock.
That’s when Redick put his Smith Center demons behind him. The guard drained a
three and his two free throws tied the game with 3:37 left.
Holding a 76-75 edge, Redick spun baseline and used an effective step-back
move to create room from Miller and drained a trey. McRoberts then made two
free throws to put Duke up 81-75 with 1:34 remaining.
Duke seemed to be on its way to a comfortable bus ride back to Durham. But
UNC-Duke games just don’t end before the final minute.
After Redick drained a three to put Duke up 84-77, Hansbrough scored inside.
Dockery missed two free throws, but inexplicably fouled Frasor, who in turn
drained both free throws.
Redick then committed a turnover and Frasor made a floater to cut the deficit
to one with 34 ticks left. After two free throws by Greg Paulus, UNC had a
chance to tie but Danny Green’s floater with four seconds left was short and
Duke held on.
The Blue Devils led 40-35 at the half.
North Carolina leads the all-time series 124-96…Green had six points and
nine rebounds…Paulus had six points and seven assists…Duke shot 49 percent
from the floor…North Carolina committed 21 turnovers.