Redick stars as Duke survives Hurricanes
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick scored 25 points and hit a big
shot in the final minute, as third-ranked Duke snapped a two-game losing
streak with a tough 80-76 victory over Miami-Florida in the quarterfinals of
the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum.
Shelden Williams added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the top-seeded Blue
Devils (28-3), who will face the winner between Wake Forest and North Carolina
State in Saturday’s semifinals. DeMarcus Nelson also scored 14 in the victory.
Guillermo Diaz finished with 16 points and Anthony King contributed 16 with 11
rebounds for Miami (16-15), which never trailed by more than five and gave the
Blue Devils all they could handle. Robert Hite added 15 points in defeat.
In a very tight second half, two free throws by Williams gave Duke a 74-72
lead with 1:44 remaining. Raymond Hicks then made 1-of-2 from the stripe at
the other end.
Nelson missed a three-point try for Duke with a minute left, but the rebound
went out of bounds to the Blue Devils and they worked the clock down to 32
seconds before Redick drained an 18-foot jumper to make it a 76-73 game.
Hite missed a three-point try from near his own bench, taking the long shot
despite 14 seconds still to play, and Lee Melchionni was fouled on the
rebound. Melchionni made both from the line for a five-point edge.
Diaz fired up another long three-point try that went in with 5.7 seconds left,
but Redick was fouled on the inbound play and drained two from the stripe to
Redick scored 16 points in the second half. He finished the game 9-of-17 from
the field and 5-of-11 from three-point range.
Duke scored seven of the game’s first nine points and led 11-6, but Miami was
unfazed and roared back with six straight points. It remained close until the
final two minutes of the half when the Hurricanes used an 11-5 run to take a
41-35 edge to the break.
The Blue Devils came out firing in the second half and reeled off 13 of the
first 15 points. Greg Paulus and Nelson buried back-to-back three-pointers in
the first 30 seconds to tie the game and Redick scored the last five points of
the run to give the Blue Devils a 48-43 lead.
Again, though, the Hurricanes did not roll over and answered with five in a
row — the last three coming on a long jumper by Hite — to tie it.
From there, neither team led by more than two until the final minute.
The game featured 22 lead changes and 17 ties…Duke has not lost three in a
row since 1996…Williams added five blocked shots…Josh McRoberts scored 10
points and grabbed seven rebounds in the victory…Hicks finished with 12
points for Miami…The Hurricanes outrebounded the Blue Devils 46-32.