Sunday, March 21, 2004

Air back in sails of Redick, Blue Devils


Atlanta Regional

The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. - To J.J. Redick, the hoop looked as big as, say, the Georgia Dome. Because of that, Redick and his Duke teammates will be heading there next.

The Blue Devils guard, missing his shooting touch for much of the past month, scored 21 points Saturday to lead Duke to a 90-62 victory over Seton Hall in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Duke (29-5) came into the tournament as a top seed, but with a little bit of an asterisk, in part because of Redick's struggles of late. He shot only 34 percent over the nine games leading into the Tournament and the Blue Devils lost three times.

But the team's leading scorer this season found his rhythm in the second half of Duke's opening win against Alabama State, and he kept it going against the eighth-seeded Pirates (21-10). He made his first four shots - his first nine if you count his five straight free throws - and wound up 6-for-10, and 7-for-7 from the line. Luol Deng went 6-for-9 for 20 points. Overall, the Blue Devils shot 54 percent, although Redick's shooting percentage was certainly the number the team was happiest about.

"It's kind of like when you have air conditioning and you start to take it for granted," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We lost our air for a few days. All of the sudden, it came back on and we all felt a hell of a lot better."

Krzyzewski's team, seeking its fourth national title, advanced to the second weekend of the Tournament for the seventh straight time. Next Friday in the semifinals at the Georgia Dome, Duke will face either Cincinnati or Illinois, who play today.

SETON HALL (21-10)-Whitney 4-9 6-9 14, Barrett 4-11 0-0 8, Toney-El 1-3 0-0 2, Allen 6-12 1-2 14, Sweet 3-10 0-1 7, Morris 4-7 3-3 12, Copeland 0-2 0-0 0, Messy 1-2 1-1 3, Gambino 0-0 0-0 0, Fray 0-0 0-0 0, Billmeier 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 24-57 11-16 62.

DUKE (29-5)-Deng 6-9 7-8 20, Redick 6-10 7-7 21, Ewing 1-6 8-10 11, Duhon 2-5 5-5 9, Williams 3-9 7-8 13, Horvath 1-1 0-0 2, Melchionni 0-0 0-0 0, Dockery 3-3 0-0 6, Borman 0-0 0-0 0, Davidson 0-0 0-0 0, Randolph 4-5 0-0 8, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-48 34-38 90.

Halftime-Duke 42, Seton Hall 28. 3-Point Goals-Seton Hall 3-17 (Allen 1-3, Morris 1-3, Sweet 1-3, Messy 0-1, Toney-El 0-1, Copeland 0-2, Barrett 0-4), Duke 4-11 (Redick 2-4, Deng 1-3, Ewing 1-4). Fouled out-Morris. Rebounds-Seton Hall 22 (Whitney 6), Duke 40 (Williams 11). Assists-Seton Hall 11 (Barrett, Sweet 5), Duke 16 (Duhon 5). Total fouls-Seton Hall 27, Duke 18. Technical-Allen. A-19,722.

Texas 78, North Carolina 75

DENVER - North Carolina coach Roy Williams was worried about Texas' big front line and deep bench.

Seems he knew what he was talking about.

Royal Ivey had 17 points and 11 Texas players scored, lifting the Longhorns into the NCAA Tournament's second weekend for the third straight year.

Texas (25-7) had 36 points in the paint and its reserves outscored North Carolina's 34-7. The Longhorns advanced to the semifinals against Xavier or Mississippi State.

North Carolina shot 38 percent to end Williams' first year at his alma mater in the second round.

NORTH CAROLINA (19-11)-Williams 5-11 7-7 17, McCants 11-23 0-0 27, May 2-10 7-10 11, Felton 4-10 0-0 11, Manuel 1-4 0-0 2, Scott 1-4 0-0 3, Terry 0-0 2-2 2, Holley 0-0 0-0 0, Noel 1-3 0-0 2, Sanders 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-65 16-19 75.

TEXAS (25-7)-Mouton 4-12 3-4 12, Buckman 0-2 2-2 2, Klotz 5-7 0-0 10, Paulino 1-1 0-0 3, Ivey 4-8 9-10 17, Thomas 3-4 1-2 7, Tucker 4-6 2-3 10, Moreno 1-1 0-0 2, Taylor 3-7 0-0 7, Harris 1-2 0-0 3, Boddicker 1-5 2-2 5. Totals 27-55 19-23 78.

Halftime-Texas 44-39. 3-Point Goals-North Carolina 9-28 (McCants 5-12, Felton 3-7, Scott 1-4, Manuel 0-1, Noel 0-1, Williams 0-3), Texas 5-13 (Paulino 1-1, Harris 1-2, Mouton 1-2, Boddicker 1-4, Taylor 1-4). Fouled out-Manuel, May. Rebounds-North Carolina 36 (May 9), Texas 35 (Thomas 6). Assists-North Carolina 14 (Felton, Scott 6), Texas 10 (Ivey 4). Total fouls-North Carolina 21, Texas 19. A-19,405




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