Cavs Fall To Blue Devils, 82-63
Jan. 28, 2006
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – J.J. Redick scored 40 points on 11-for-13 shooting to lead No. 2 Duke past Virginia 82-63 on Saturday night.
Shelden Williams added 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks for the Blue Devils (19-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who continued their dominance in the series by winning for the 22nd time in 24 meetings.
J.R. Reynolds scored 19 points to lead the Cavaliers (10-7, 4-3), who fell behind by 18 in the opening minutes and never recovered.
Redick, the nation’s third-leading scorer at 27 points per game, finished with his third 40-point game of the season and went 8-for-10 from behind the 3-point arc.
He scored 11 points during a 20-2 run to open the game.
Redick scored eight straight points in the second half – including a long 3 that rolled around and dropped through the rim for a 45-27 lead with about 18 minutes left.
After hitting his seventh 3 to make it 56-32, Redick came around a screen behind the arc and barely had time to go up before Adrian Joseph ran into him while trying to catch up.
Redick knocked down all three free throws, giving him 30 points to nearly match Virginia’s total and give Duke a 59-32 lead with 13:24 left.
He later knocked down a jumper to answer a Virginia run that cut the margin to 17 points midway through the half, and hit the 40-point mark by hitting a 3 from the left corner to make it 78-57 with 3:05 left.
The Blue Devils did have trouble controlling the ball, committing 15 first-half turnovers that helped keep the Cavaliers in the game.
Reynolds scored eight straight points late in the half to give Virginia some hope, knocking down his second 3 in that run to make it 33-24 with about 11 seconds left in the half. But Williams knocked down a turnaround shot out of the timeout, pushing the margin to 11 at halftime.
That was as good as it would get for Virginia, with Redick and the Blue Devils pushing the margin back to 20 in the first 3 1/2 minutes after the break.