Redick breaks NCAA three-point record as Duke rolls
=== Redick breaks NCAA three-point record as Duke rolls ===
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick became the NCAA’s all-time leader
in career three-point field goals made and poured in 33 points to lead second-
ranked Duke to a 93-70 rout of Wake Forest at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Redick finished 11-of-18 from the floor and sank four three-pointers to
surpass former Virginia standout Curtis Staples’ all-time mark of 413. Redick
now has 416 during his brilliant career.
“It is a very nice honor, and it wouldn’t have happened without great
teammates and great coaches and great fans,” said Redick.
The Player of the Year candidate also received plenty of support from his
teammates in the Blue Devils’ (24-1, 12-0 ACC) seventh consecutive victory.
Shelden Williams and Josh McRoberts each netted 16 points, and Duke shot
better than 57 percent from the field.
Redick, the nation’s current scoring leader, registered his 12th outing of 30
or more points this season.
Justin Gray scored 18 points and Eric Williams had 17 along with 13 rebounds
for the Demon Deacons (13-12, 1-10), who have dropped seven in a row in
Redick entered the night needing just one three-pointer to tie the mark set by
Staples, who was present at the game. He got the equalizer less than seven
minutes into the contest, and the basket was part of an 11-2 run that sent
Duke ahead comfortably.
The All-American guard later fed McRoberts for a pair of easy dunks, which
gave the Blue Devils a 23-11 lead with 11:23 left in the first half. Sean
Dockery then buried a triple less than a minute later to extend the margin to
Redick’s historic trey came with 7:56 remaining before intermission. He then
stole the ball on the ensuing possession, was hacked after making a layup, and
hit the subsequent foul shot to put Duke up 34-17.
“It was very special to have (Curtis Staples) at the game,” Redick remarked.
“He was the first coach at the first camp that I went to when I was like eight
years old, and I knew who he was then and watched him over his career at UVa.”
The Blue Devils continued to pad the lead, which reached 20 points after
consecutive buckets by Redick and Dockery made the score 41-21 with six
minutes to go in the stanza. Shelden Williams’ three-point play with 4:27 left
gave Duke its largest lead at 47-25.
Wake Forest did close out the opening period well, outscoring Duke 13-5 over
the final four minutes to pull within 52-38 at the break. Gray led the way
with seven points during the run.
The deficit was cut to 11 once Eric Williams began the second half with a
layup and free throw. Duke, however, put the contest out of reach shortly
afterward with a 12-2 spurt.
Lee Melchionni started the flurry with a basket off a Greg Paulus steal and
Dockery scored off another Deacons’ turnover to make the score 58-43 with
A second-chance layup from Redick with around 13 1/2 minutes left ended the
run and gave Duke a whopping 66-45 lead.
“I thought our defense in the second half was outstanding,” said Blue Devils
head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “That is the best we have played in a couple of
Duke is now 12-0 in ACC play for the third time in school history. The Blue
Devils have finished their conference regular-season slate unbeaten twice
before, in 1962-63 (14-0) and again in 1998-99 (14-0)…Wake Forest fell to
0-6 in ACC road games this year…The Deacons outrebounded the Blue Devils
40-31…Redick needs just 30 more points to pass current Duke assistant Johnny
Dawkins for the school’s all-time scoring lead.