PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Not even his worst game of the season kept
J.J. Redick from setting another record for No. 1 Duke.
Redick's 11 points were enough to set the ACC career scoring
record and Shelden Williams had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead
the Blue Devils to a 74-66 win over Temple on Saturday.
Already holding the NCAA record for career 3-pointers and Duke's
career scoring record, the nine points Redick needed to pass Wake
Forest's Dickie Hemric for the Atlantic Coast Conference mark
seemed like a mere formality.
Instead, it took much longer than anyone expected -- all the way
to the final minutes of Duke's (27-1) 10th straight win.
With flashbulbs popping throughout the Wachovia Center and
photographers crammed behind the basket, Redick sank two free
throws with 1:28 left to pass Hemric's 2,587 points. The sold-out
crowd gave him a standing ovation and his teammates patted him on
the head as he went to the huddle for a timeout, and Redick finished
the game with 2,590 career points.
"I was just trying to extend the lead and kind of seal the
game, that was what was going through my mind," Redick said. "I
knew that I was there, but that wasn't the main focus."
Redick, the nation's second-leading scorer, hadn't scored fewer
than 15 points in a game this season. He went 3-for-10 from the
floor and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Temple coach John Chaney -- who was inducted into the Hall of
Fame with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski in 2001 -- called Redick one of
the greatest shooters he's ever seen.
"He has no fear," Chaney said. "You can knock him down, he's
Redick, though, had a subpar effort in his last game against
Georgia Tech, missing 15 of his first 17 shots and finished with 22
points. Krzyzewski said the pressure of setting all these records
may have affected his star guard.
"I could tell that this past week, even against Georgia Tech,
he didn't have a lot of fun this week," he said. "He wants it
over and now it's over. He can get back to being the great player
that he is."
Looking to beat a No. 1 team for only the third time in team
history, the Owls (15-11) made a late, spirited rush without Mardy
Collins, their leading scorer who left for the locker room with a
Dustin Salisbery sank a 3-pointer that pulled the Owls within
seven. Then Redick's errant pass off the backboard was rebounded by
Mark Tyndale, who sprinted all the way for a layup that made it
When Collins returned with 4 minutes left, the Blue Devils had
regained control and led by 11. Collins got them to 66-58 with
under 2 minutes left and Antywane Robinson hit a 3-pointer with 21
seconds to go that made it a five-point game.
Temple, though, simply ran out of time, and ran out of hope to
return to the NCAA tournament with an at-large bid.
"You can't put your fingers in any hole to stop this team,"
Collins admirably tried to carry the Owls and finished with 26
points and nine rebounds. Robinson had 13 points and the Owls, who
win with the 3, sank only four.
Temple's matchup zone did an outstanding job of nearly
eliminating the long jumper and 3-point shots and took Redick out
of the game. Redick was only 1-for-5 in the first half, and missed
two straight 3s -- the crowd gasping on every shot and groaning
after every miss -- that could have inched him closer to the scoring
"When he doesn't have his look, I think it has a negative
impact on our team," Krzyzewski said.
With double teams and a box-in-1 making Redick play more like a
wet match than dynamite, Williams was left all alone inside and he
exploited his opportunities. He scored 18 points in the first half,
most on easy layups. He also helped the Blue Devils to a
"We could not stop the great player in Williams inside,"
Chaney said. "Our big guys are just not tough."
Redick took awhile to get going, scoring his first basket on a
layup midway through the first half, then didn't score again until
he hit a 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the second half.
Another driving layup with 11:07 left gave him seven points and
tied the ACC mark.
"I never really set out to do it or concentrate on it," Redick
said. "It just kind of came about with the season I was having."
Duke is 8-1 lifetime against Temple under Chaney, and hasn't
lost to the Owls since 1996.