Pennsylvania 59

(3-3, 0-1 away)

(1) Duke 72

(8-0, 1-0 ACC)

7:00 PM ET, December 7, 2005

Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina

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PENN 24 3559
#1DUKE 34 3872

Top Performers

Pennsylvania: D. Whitehurst 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

Duke: S. Williams 20 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

Redick climbs to ninth on Duke scoring list in rout

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- J.J. Redick continued to move up Duke's scoring list, Shelden Williams dominated as usual in the paint and Sean Dockery contributed five of his team's season-high 16 steals.

Yet all anyone wanted to talk about Wednesday night was how much the Blue Devils sputtered on offense.

"It's good that we're struggling," Dockery said. "You get to learn. It's early in the season and we're still a young team, and we're still learning from each other. You just have to learn from our mistakes and keep going."

Redick jumped three spots to ninth all-time at Duke with 24 points, Williams added 20 and the top-ranked Blue Devils prepared for this weekend's matchup with No. 2 Texas by beating Penn 72-59.

"Obviously, it's quite an honor to be in the top 10 in scoring," Redick said. "But that's so far away from what I'm thinking about right now."

Dockery scored 11 points for Duke (8-0), which travels to East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday to meet the Longhorns (8-0). Somehow, in a game where the Blue Devils shot 49 percent and led almost throughout, no one was very pleased with the effort.

"Our offense just isn't quite consistent," Redick said. "It's frustrating at times. We should be having fun."

Freshman Josh McRoberts had perhaps his best all-around game, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks following a little motivational speed from Redick late in the first half. After McRoberts missed the first of two free throws, Redick walked from his spot near the 3-point line and got in his face.

Whatever Redick said sure worked, since McRoberts appeared energized the remainder of the game. He grabbed three rebounds over the next several possessions, freed up Redick with a nice screen, then finished off the half with a steal.

The second half was more of the same for McRoberts, and he even got a chance to show off his open-court ability during one fast break. The lanky 6-foot-10 forward rebounded a miss by the Quakers (3-3) and dribbled up court before getting the ball to Redick, who turned down an open jumper to feed Williams for a dunk to make it 54-36.

McRoberts declined to speak with reporters after the game.

"I feel like everybody believes in each other on this team, and we just have to get going," Dockery said. "We've got some freshmen, and it's kind of tough coming and playing at Duke. When those guys get more comfortable, we're going to get better."

But Penn rallied behind David Whitehurst, who made three consecutive 3-pointers. Then Friedrich Ebede added a three-point play to cut the margin to 10, and it still was 11 before McRoberts got inside for a layup. Later, Redick swished a 3 that put Duke ahead 66-50, and the Quakers never threatened again.

"For the most part, I was very proud of our effort," Penn coach Fran Dunphy said. "Before the game, we talked a little bit about having tremendous respect for this program, but we couldn't let that become a fear factor. I thought our guys did a pretty good job of understanding that concept."

Redick passed Trajan Langdon, Art Heyman and Shane Battier on the career scoring list, and he made at least three shots from beyond the arc for the 70th time in his career. He missed badly on his first two shots before a driving basket in traffic got him started on a run of five straight.

That included a deep 3 with 8:50 left in the half to give him 11 points in a span of less than 7 minutes. Still, coach Mike Krzyzewski joined most everyone else in criticizing the offense. Duke did have 17 turnovers, including five from freshman point guard Greg Paulus, and he finished 0-for-4 from the field.

"It was one of those games where you can't explain it, especially on the offensive end," Krzyzewski said. "We had to play good defense or we wouldn't have won."

Ibrahim Jaaber had 10 of his 16 points in the second half for the Quakers, who were playing on the road for the first time following five home games. They couldn't overcome 26 turnovers despite outrebounding Duke 34-27.

"I think we played well without all the turnovers," Jaaber said. "I think if we had made some more buckets inside instead of losing the ball, it might have been a different game."

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 59 72
FG Made-Attempted 22-56 (.393) 23-47 (.489)
3P Made-Attempted 8-21 (.381) 6-19 (.316)
FT Made-Attempted 7-11 (.636) 20-26 (.769)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
Largest Lead 3 19

2005-06 Season

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