DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Miami tried guarding J.J. Redick with a
variety of defenses -- box-and-one, man-to-man, straight zone.
In the end, the only way to stop him was to make sure he wasn't
on the court. The Hurricanes accomplished that by turning in their
worst effort of the season, allowing Duke to get so far ahead that
even the Atlantic Coast Conference's iron man got to take a break.
Redick scored 29 points, nearly matching Miami point-for-point
into the second half, and Daniel Ewing had the first double-double
of his career to help the sixth-ranked Blue Devils beat Miami 83-59
on Thursday night.
"I wanted to come out aggressive," Redick said. "I'm a better
player when I do that."
The margin of defeat was the worst of the season for the
Hurricanes, topping a 20-point loss at North Carolina.
Ewing, a senior, finished with 14 points and a career-high 10
assists in his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Shelden
Williams added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (22-4,
11-4 ACC). They will finish the regular season Sunday at No. 2
North Carolina, a rematch of Duke's 71-70 victory earlier this
"Daniel is really the consummate winner," Blue Devils coach
Mike Krzyewski said. "He's just a kid you want to be around all
the time. It's been perfect for us. He had 10 assists and one
turnover. I'm going to call Bobby Hurley and tell him that he never
Robert Hite scored 17 for the Hurricanes (16-11, 7-9), who
likely need to advance a couple of rounds in the ACC tournament to
secure a bid to the NCAAs.
"I would hope that we would not be intimidated or in awe, but
obviously, something caused us to not want to execute," Miami
coach Frank Haith said. "There's something that made that
Redick showed off his new hairstyle -- he and walk-on Patrick
Davidson got matching buzz cuts -- then made his first two shots on
his way to 18 points in the first half. He came off a double screen
by Shavlik Randolph and Reggie Love to swish a jumper from behind
the arc midway though the opening 20 minutes for his ninth point;
at the time, Miami had only eight.
That led the Cameron Crazies to chant "J.J.'s winning!" and
the theme continued through almost the entire half. Redick had
personal leads on the Hurricanes at 3-2, 6-4, 9-8, 11-8, 14-11 and
16-14, but a late dry spell for the ACC's leading scorer dropped
him four points behind at the break.
"I felt like toward the end of last week, we were really
drained, not necessarily physically, but emotionally," Redick said
of a stretch of three games in six days. "We got a couple of days
off and really had great practices over the last few days, and we
were ready for this game."
Early in the second half, Redick made two free throws and his
fourth 3 to move within a point of Miami, the final time he was
that close. Still, he scored at least 20 points for the 19th time
in only 32 minutes, well below his league-leading 37.1 minutes a
"He's fabulous, and he just wills his team to win," Haith
The Hurricanes never led and were tied only at 2, and they
trailed by at least 10 points for the final 34½ minutes. That
wasn't the kind of effort Haith was looking for, considering an
improbable victory would have left Miami at 8-8 in the ACC.
Normally, that mark is good enough for an at-large bid to the NCAA
With a bye during the final weekend of the regular season, the
Hurricanes won't take the court again for nearly a week, during the
opening day of the conference tournament. They'll have to get a
better performance from leading scorers Guillermo Diaz and Hite,
who combined for 28 points on 12-of-32 shooting against the Blue
That was about seven below their season average, and many of
them came with the outcome already decided. Diaz blamed his showing
on inconsistent playing time, and he showed his frustration several
times on the court.
"I was mad because I didn't know what was happening," he said.
"I can't do anything when I'm going in-and-out."