Friday, March 10, 2006

Survive and advance: Duke wins.

Thanks to some clutch shooting by J.J. Redick, the Duke Blue Devils advanced to the Semifinal game of the ACC Tournament. They'll play the winner of the Wake Forest-N.C. State game. After shooting just 29% over his last four games, Redick scored 25 points today while shooting 9 for 17 from the field.

Miami dominated the boards and that stat kept them in the ballgame until the very end. As a team, the 'Canes had 46 rebounds (including 21 offensive boards) compared to just 32 (14 offensive) for Duke. It was no fault of Shelden Williams though. Duke's big man had a double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling down a game high 13 rebounds. Shooting percentages for the two teams flip-flopped across the two halves. Miami shot 47% in the first half but managed just 37% in the second. Duke meanwhile shot 37% in the first half but scored at a much better rate in the second half at 45%.

Here are the game's stat leaders:

Points - Anthony King & Guillermo Diaz - 16 pts apiece
Rebounds - Anthony King - 11 rbs
Assists - Denis Clemente - 4 ast

Points - J.J. Redick - 25 pts
Rebounds - Shelden Williams - 13 rbs
Assists - Greg Paulus - 5 ast

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