(1) Duke 102

(12-0, 1-0 ACC)

UNC Greensboro 69

(7-6, 1-0 Southern)

    1:00 PM ET, December 31, 2005

    Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina

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    #1DUKE 59 43102
    UNCG 37 3269

    Top Performers

    Duke: J. Redick 35 Pts, 3 Ast

    UNC Greensboro: R. Hickman 23 Pts, 1 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Redick scores 35 in Duke rout

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- The fans in Greensboro simply couldn't get enough of J.J. Redick. Thanks to a spirited effort by the home team, they got to see a lot of him.

    Cheered and photographed even when he was shooting free throws, the Duke senior finished with 35 points -- the third time in four games he's had at least 30 -- and led the top-ranked Blue Devils to an entertaining 102-69 victory over UNC Greensboro on Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

    "I think it was kind of expected that we were going to have a pro-Duke crowd," Redick said. "This is an opportunity for a lot of fans from North Carolina to see us play. Obviously, it was a great crowd, and we were very appreciative."

    The arena hosts the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament later this season, so Duke (12-0) made the trip about an hour from campus for a tuneup. It was little more than that, even though the Spartans (7-6) stayed close enough to keep Redick on the court for 32 minutes.

    He had 19 points at halftime and nearly matched that total after the break. Redick capped his day with eight points in a span of less than 2 minutes, swishing two 3-pointers and adding another jumper barely inside the line to push the Blue Devils in front 89-65 with about 6½ minutes left.

    "You feel like you're there with him, you keep challenging his shot and he just keeps hitting and hitting and hitting," UNC Greensboro coach Mike Dement said. "We worked hard to stay with him in our defense, but he hit lots of shots."

    Dement called a timeout after Redick's run, giving the predominantly Duke crowd a chance to shower him with a standing ovation. He got another a couple of minutes later when he went to the bench for good.

    "Ultimately, we wanted to limit Redick's touches and make everybody shoot contested shots," Spartans guard Ricky Hickman said. "Duke's a great team, so you've got to kind of roll with it."

    As usual, Redick had plenty of help from Shelden Williams. The burly 6-foot-9 center posted his third straight double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and he added a career-high six steals and a block. Freshman Josh McRoberts had a season-high 15 points for the Blue Devils, who reached triple digits for the second time in three games.

    It came with the Spartans sticking to their normal game plan.

    "They did what they do," Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I think they'll learn it better defending Williams and Redick -- or trying to -- and figuring out how they made mistakes. That didn't surprise me."

    Another Duke freshman, Martynas Pocius, scored 10 points in 20 minutes, both season highs.

    "That was great for us," Redick said. "We're still trying to develop certain players and certain roles. That's going to be great for our future."

    Duke scored the game's first nine points and stretched the margin to 22 at halftime, mostly on the strength of Redick's effort. Nearly all of his baskets were greeted with loud cheers from the crowd of 21,124 -- a record to see a UNC Greensboro athletic event -- and he converted all nine free throws despite constant flashes from cameras in the stands.

    Redick had 41 points three weeks ago against then-No. 2 Texas, then had 30 a few days later against Valparaiso. He cooled off a bit in a sloppy victory over St. John's -- his 18 points still led the team -- but was back on form in this one.

    "I've been in a rhythm offensively," Redick said. "I still think I'm most worried about what our team is doing and where we can improve. I think the most important thing for us is to have a consistent effort on both ends of the floor."

    Even his misses were greeted with murmurs of excitement, mostly because all but one came on one of his patented long-range jumpers. He was 10-for-16 overall and 6-for-11 from beyond the arc, giving him 23 3s in the past four games.

    "The whole team gets excited when he gets going like that, it really picks us up," McRoberts said. "But we need to do more so he doesn't have to make those kind of runs to help us get a big lead or be successful."

    Hickman led the Spartans with 23 points, 18 in the first half, and teammate Kyle Hines added 20.

    "I came out just wanting to play aggressively and take good shots and play within our system," Hickman said. "My shots were going down, so I guess I had a pretty decent game."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 102 69
    FG Made-Attempted 32-56 (.571) 25-54 (.463)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-22 (.500) 5-16 (.313)
    FT Made-Attempted 27-28 (.964) 14-19 (.737)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 33 0

    2005-06 Season

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