Virginia 63

(10-7, 4-3 ACC)

(2) Duke 82

(19-1, 7-0 ACC)

7:00 PM ET, January 28, 2006

Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina

1 2 T
UVA 24 3963
#2DUKE 35 4782

Top Performers

Virginia: J. Reynolds 19 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Duke: J. Redick 40 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

Redick scores 40 as No. 2 Duke cruises past UVA

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- J.J. Redick is making the incredible look downright ordinary these days.

Redick scored 40 points to lead second-ranked Duke past Virginia 82-63 on Saturday night, giving the senior sharpshooter his third 40-point game of the season and keeping the Blue Devils unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Shelden Williams added 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks for the Blue Devils (19-1, 7-0 ACC), who continued their dominance in the series by beating the Cavaliers (10-7, 4-3) for the 22nd time in 24 meetings.

Redick finished one point shy of matching his career high of 41 set against Texas and Georgetown this season. He came in as the nation's third leading scorer at 27.1 points a game, but passed Andre Collins (Loyola of Maryland) to move into the second spot behind Adam Morrison (Gonzaga).

"I have a feeling before every game that it's going to be a good shooting night," Redick said. "It doesn't always work out for me though."

It certainly did Saturday. Redick went 11-for-13 from the floor and 8-for-10 from behind the arc in 34 minutes. He also hit 10 of 11 free throws, putting him alongside Dick Groat as the only Blue Devils with three 40-point games in a career.

And while Redick, the reigning ACC player of the year, said it wasn't easy, he's sure making it look that way.

"I have to work extremely hard to do this," Redick said. "I think at any time I could have an off shooting night or an off scoring night. But my role on this team -- or one of them -- is to score points, and I'm going to work as hard as I can to do that."

It was a performance that had Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Virginia coach Dave Leitao gushing about Redick, with Krzyzewski calling him "a treasure" and Leitao comparing Redick's knowledge of the game to that of an NBA veteran.

"What he is doing this season, I think all of us -- players, coaches and media -- should really savor," Leitao said. "He's having a season for the ages. ... We all need to sit back and admire it because it won't happen for a long time after this."

Teammate Sean Dockery, however, was tougher to impress.

"You haven't seen anything," Dockery said. "At practice, sometimes he doesn't miss. It's crazy."

Redick scored 11 points during a 20-2 run to open the game and single-handedly outscored the Cavaliers with 16 points in the first 15 minutes, prompting chants from the rowdy "Cameron Crazies" of "J.J.'s winning!"

Redick kept pouring it on after the break, scoring eight straight points -- ending with a long 3 that rolled around and dropped through the rim for a 45-27 lead with about 18 minutes left.

It got to the point that even a mere hint that Redick was going to shoot was enough to make the Cavaliers skittish. After hitting his seventh 3 to make it 56-32, Redick came around a screen behind the arc and barely had time to go up before Adrian Joseph ran into him while trying to catch up.

Redick made all three free throws, giving him 30 points to nearly match Virginia's total and give Duke a 59-32 lead with 13:24 left.

He later knocked down a jumper to answer a Virginia run that cut the margin to 17 points midway through the half, and hit the 40-point mark by hitting a 3 from the left corner to make it 78-57 with 3:05 left.

"He's very hard to defend because they run him off so many screens," said J.R. Reynolds, who led Virginia with 19 points but had the unenviable task of trying to match up Redick much of the way. "And they run so many different plays for him, so you never can anticipate which way he's going to go. Then he's making tough shots, and that's even harder to overcome.

"He's just a great player who had a great night. Even when we played good defense, he still made the shot."

Duke looked ready to put Virginia away early, starting the game with its big run that included Redick hitting his first four shots. Yet while Krzyzewski said after the loss at Georgetown last week that his team sometimes does too much "J.J.-watching," Redick didn't get another shot for the next 8 minutes.

In addition, the Blue Devils began having trouble controlling the ball, committing 15 first-half turnovers that helped keep the Cavaliers in the game. It irked Krzyzewski so much that he even slammed a chair down during a timeout late in the half.

Reynolds scored eight straight points to give Virginia some hope, knocking down his second 3 in that run to make it 33-24 with about 11 seconds left in the half. But Williams hit a turnaround shot out of a timeout, pushing the margin to 11 at halftime.

That was as good as it would get for Virginia, with Redick and the Blue Devils pushing the margin back to 20 in the first 3½ minutes after the break.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 63 82
FG Made-Attempted 20-56 (.357) 26-47 (.553)
3P Made-Attempted 4-9 (.444) 10-18 (.556)
FT Made-Attempted 19-22 (.864) 20-24 (.833)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
Largest Lead 0 29

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