DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Shelden Williams stopped short of
proclaiming it the best game of his career. Part of it was that he
simply couldn't recollect the previous 117 during his 3½ years at
Duke, and ever the perfectionist, he still found some flaws in his
first career triple-double.
"To me, I feel like I could have done a lot better," Williams
said. "I didn't feel I dominated as much as I should have."
Most everyone else disagreed, particularly those on the bench
for Maryland (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today; No. 23 AP).
Williams had 19 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks,
helping the top-ranked Blue Devils snap a three-game losing streak
to the Terrapins with a dominating 76-52 victory Wednesday night.
Maryland swept the series a year ago after beating Duke in the
final of the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, and
Williams and his teammates came out and made sure it wouldn't
"There is an intimidation factor which I thought took place as
the game went on," Maryland coach Gary Williams said when
assessing the Duke center. "I thought he had some really great
plays off of his man, blocking shots and things like that when it
looked like we had layups but didn't get them."
J.J. Redick scored 27 points for the Blue Devils (15-0, 3-0),
who scored the game's first seven points and led 45-22 at halftime.
They held the Terrapins (11-4, 1-2) to 29 percent shooting in the
opening 20 minutes while forcing 18 of Maryland's season-high 29
turnovers to leave the second half without much drama.
The inspired effort came after Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski sent
his players and coaches to the midcourt logo at Cameron Indoor
Stadium and asked each to sign his name. The gesture came during
the final practice before this matchup, and the Hall of Fame coach
wanted to show the importance of protecting their home court.
Everyone got the message.
"You put your name on something, it becomes yours, you have
some ownership in it," reserve forward Lee Melchionni said. "When
something is yours, you don't let anybody take it from you. That's
our home court out there, and nobody takes anything from us on our
Redick tried to bring a little excitement back into the game
with about 5 minutes left. The 6-foot-4 senior used another
turnover by the Terrapins to record his first career dunk, leaping
high to slam the ball through with both hands.
Perhaps that made up a bit for his lackluster shooting -- the
ACC's leading scorer finished 9-of-22, including 4-of-13 on
"It was kind of weak," Redick said of his jam. "That just
puts further affirmation to me on why I shouldn't dunk. It just
takes way too much energy. For the next possession, my legs were
just shooting with pain. No more dunking for me. I got my one."
Williams, as he has done most of the season, more than
compensated for any problems Redick had. "The Landlord," as he is
known to the Cameron Crazies for his control of the paint, helped
keep all of Maryland's players in single digits in points until
Chris McCray made a layup with 3½ minutes remaining to reach 10.
He eventually got to 12 to lead the Terrapins, who lost their
second in a row in front of a celebrity-filled crowd that included
Magic Johnson, Boston Celtics head of basketball operations Danny
Ainge and former Duke players Christian Laettner, Brian Davis and
Phoenix Suns chairman and managing director of USA Basketball
Jerry Colangelo also was in attendance, sitting with Coach K's
wife, Mickie, in the upper deck. He is in town to discuss the
selection of players for the national team with Krzyzewski, his
Surely, Colangelo and most everyone else had to be impressed
with the Blue Devils. They remained one of three unbeaten teams in
Division I -- Florida and Pittsburgh are the others -- with a
surprisingly easy victory over one of their top rivals not called
the North Carolina Tar Heels.
"I was surprised that we didn't win the game," said Maryland's
Nik Caner-Medley, who was held to eight points. "They're the No. 1
team in the nation, and we came in here and didn't take care of the
ball. We turned the ball over way too much and didn't shoot the
This one might have been costly for Duke, however. Swingman
DeMarcus Nelson, who missed nine games earlier in the season with a
broken ankle, aggravated the injury in the first half and spent the
remainder of the game on the bench, with his foot in a walking
splint and crutches nearby.
"We don't know if it's the same injury or not," Krzyzewski
said. "Our hope is that it's not the same. Of course, if you just
spent six weeks with that injury, it's going to scare you. It