Duke holds off top rival N. Carolina

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- J.J. Redick banished a career full of poor individual efforts against Duke's biggest rival with a virtuoso performance that's becoming all too familiar.

The shooting star had 22 of his 35 points in the second half, freshman Josh McRoberts added a season-high 17 points and the second-ranked Blue Devils held off No. 23 North Carolina 87-83 Tuesday night.

Playing for the final time in the Dean Smith Center, Redick was 12-for-22 from the field -- including five 3-pointers -- and set a career high with four steals. Three of those led to breakaway layups.

His previous best against the Tar Heels was 18 points, but he struggled with his shooting in the previous seven matchups (34 percent). There was no such problem in this one, and Redick saved his best for last.

With Duke (22-1, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) clinging to a one-point lead, Redick calmly swished a 3 over Wes Miller to increase the margin with 1:54 remaining. He later added another with the shot clock winding down to make it a seven-point game, and despite a furious rally by the Tar Heels (14-6, 5-4), the Blue Devils picked up their 16th victory in the past 19 games in this Tobacco Road rivalry.

It was far from easy.

Reyshawn Terry had 17 points for North Carolina and Tyler Hansbrough added 14.

Sean Dockery finished with 14 points and Shelden Williams scored 13 for the Blue Devils.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: