Redick continues incredible season as No. 2 Duke defeats Maryland
College Park, MD (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick scored 35 points as the
second-ranked Duke Blue Devils defeated the Maryland Terrapins in one of the
nation’s most heated rivalries, 96-88, at the Comcast Center.
Shelden Williams record 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Greg Paulus had 16
points and seven assists as Duke (23-1, 11-0) won for the fourth straight time
since losing their only game of the season.
Nik Caner-Medley led Maryland with 22 points and eight rebounds, as the Terps
(15-8, 5-5) lost for the fourth time in their last five games.
James Gist recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 6-for-16 from the
Despite the fact that Redick, a Player Of The Year candidate, tallied no
points in the first seven minutes while facing constant double teams, Duke was
able to jump out to an 18-12 lead through contributions from Redick’s
supporting cast of Williams, Paulus and Sean Dockey, who recorded six points
in the half.
After Duke pushed the lead to 12 at the 5:11 mark, Maryland fought back with
a 14-6 run to close the half and cut the deficit to four, 42-38. The run was
capped by a Parrish Brown jumper with just six seconds left to play.
Redick, Williams and Paulus each finished with 11 points for the half.
Duke came out firing in the second half, scoring the first five points en
route to a 11-4 run to push the lead to 11, 53-42. Redick led the Blue
Devils’ charge with five points in that span.
Maryland was able to slowly chip away at the lead over the course of the half,
cutting the deficit to eight after a D.J. Strawberry three-pointer with 1:52
From there, the game turned into a free-throw shooting contest for the Blue
Devils. This proved to be no problem for Duke, as the free-throw shooting of
Redick and Dockery iced the game.
Maryland head coach Gary Williams was honored before the game for becoming
Maryland’s all-time winningest coach. With his 349th win against Virginia on
Tuesday, Williams passed legendary coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell…Both
coaching staffs wore sneakers in recognition of National Coaches vs. Cancer
Awareness Day. The program has raised millions of dollars since its
inception…Strawberry scored 12 points in the loss and Mike Jones added
11…Dockery tallied 15 points in the victory.