Miami (FL) 59

(16-11, 7-9 ACC)

(6) Duke 83

(22-4, 11-4 ACC)

7:00 PM ET, March 3, 2005

Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina

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MIA 24 3559
#6DUKE 44 3983

Top Performers

Miami (FL): R. Hite 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl

Duke: J. Redick 29 Pts, 1 Reb, 4 Ast

Senior Ewing has first double-double in final home game

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 season.

"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 did that."

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 happen."

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 game.

"He's fabulous, and he just wills his team to win," Haith said.

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 tournament.

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 Devils.

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."

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 59 83
FG Made-Attempted 23-60 (.383) 25-62 (.403)
3P Made-Attempted 3-12 (.250) 14-33 (.424)
FT Made-Attempted 10-12 (.833) 19-24 (.792)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
Largest Lead 0 34

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