Duke feeling sweet after win over George Washington
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick tallied 20 points and Shelden
Williams added 17, as Duke reached the Sweet 16 for the ninth straight season,
cruising past George Washington, 74-61, in second-round action in the Atlanta
bracket of the NCAA Tournament.
Josh McRoberts contributed 14 points while Greg Paulus had 10 and Sean
Dockery donated six points for the overall top-seeded Blue Devils (32-3), who
led from start to finish. Williams also finished with 14 rebounds while
McRoberts pulled down 13 boards in the victory.
The Blue Devils will face LSU in the Sweet 16 in Atlanta next Thursday. LSU
edged Texas A&M, 58-57, on Saturday.
Omar Williams led George Washington (27-3) with 14 points and 15 rebounds,
Mike Hall sprang for 13 points and Maureece Rice netted 12 points in the
loss. Leading scorer Danilo Pinnock was held to eight points and Pops
Mensah-Bonsu scored only four points for the eighth-seeded Colonials.
In the early going, Redick picked up where he left off during Thursday’s
victory over Southern and the Colonials struggled finding their touch from the
floor. The National Player of the Year candidate drained two early threes, the
last capping a 10-2 spurt to extend Duke’s lead to 27-18.
On the other end, Shelden Williams’ length altered several GW shots and
Pinnock missed his first four shots while picking up his second foul at the
The momentum continued with the Blue Devils and Shelden Williams taking
advantage of their size advantage. Duke’s big man converted a three-point play
then two free throws before McRoberts drained a pair from the stripe to push
the lead out to 36-20 with 4:58 on the clock.
The Blue Devils scored just one point in the remainder of the half and GW
trimmed the deficit to 37-26. George Washington shot 27 percent in the first
half, but hung around courtesy of 14 offensive rebounds.
The Colonials used a 9-0 burst to get back within striking distance in the
second half. Pinnock overplayed the passing lane and sprinted the distance for
a layup to cap the run and make the score 51-42.
GW got no closer thanks to Duke’s relentless offensive attack.
Redick drained a long-distance jumper to extend the advantage to 55-42 and the
lead eventually widened to 65-47 on McRoberts’ slam almost six minutes later.
GW scored just two field goals during that span, missing countless
opportunities in the lane.
Duke cruised to victory from there.
Duke leads the all-time series 14-13…Seven Blue Devils scored after only
five tallied points in the club’s first-round victory. Redick and Williams
combined for 58 of Duke’s 70 points in round one, while the duo scored just 37
of the team’s 74 points in this victory…Shelden Williams also had seven
blocked shots…GW grabbed 19 offensive rebounds…The Blue Devils shot
47.7percent from the floor while the Colonials made 30.9 percent of their