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February 14, 2006
Record falls, Duke rolls
On a record breaking and memorable night at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke dominated Wake Forest and improved to 12-0 in ACC play with a 93-70 victory over the Demon Deacons.
Duke put the game out of the reach early, extending a lead out to double digits at the 11:23 mark of the first half when Josh McRoberts slammed home an open dunk off an assist from J.J. Redick.
Passing the ball wasn't the way Redick made news on this night, however.
The senior canned his first three pointer of the game with 13:09 remaining in the first half to tie Virginia's Curtis Staples for the NCAA all time record for made three point field goals.
About five minutes later, the record belonged to J.J. Coming around a screen set by Lee Melchionni on the left block, Redick popped to the left wing, took a pass from DeMarcus Nelson and fired a deadly accurate shot with his trademark quick release.
After hitting nothing but net over Justin Gray's defense, Redick had his 414th career three pointer to claim the record with 7:53 remaining in the half.
Redick went on to make four three pointers for the game, and was given the game ball in a post game ceremony by Staples, who was on hand to see his fellow Roanoke, Va. native break the record.
On a night that belonged to Redick, he sure wasn't the only Duke player contributing to the blowout victory over the last place Demon Deacons.
Despite fighting foul trouble, McRoberts had perhaps his most spectacular offensive game of the season.
McRoberts was perfect from the field and from the foul line, making 5-of-5 shots and 5-of-5 free throws to total 16 points.
The Carmel (Ind.) freshman had three monster dunks in the first nine minutes of the game.
Trailing 3-2 in the early going, McRoberts was on the receiving end of an alley oop pass from Shelden Williams. The athletic catch and thunderous finish set the tone for what would turn into a long night for Wake Forest.
McRoberts had another poster worthy slam at the 11:23 mark. Redick stole the ball on the defensive end, led a break the other way and hit McRoberts cutting to the basket. He finished the play with a one handed dunk, getting fouled in the process by Kyle Visser.
For the game, Duke had four double digit scorers. Williams had 16 points and seven rebounds and Nelson played his best overall game since returning from his second foot injury of the year.
Nelson scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds, including two on the offensive end, to show a glimpse of the weapon that Duke could have if he can continue to gain strength in his foot and wind in his lungs.
Duke torched Wake's defense for 58.3 percent shooting, and turned up the defensive intensity in the second half.
The Demon Deacons shot nearly 60 percent from the floor in the first half, falling behind mostly because of turnovers. In the second half, the Devils clamped down, and Wake Forest ended the game with a 41.5 percent clip for the night.
Duke improved to 24-1 overall, while Redick is now zeroing in on perhaps the most hallowed individual record in Duke history.
He will enter Sunday's game against Miami just 29 points behind the school's all time leader, Johnny Dawkins.
Redick also passed Bryant Stith to take over the third spot on the ACC's all time scoring list. He could pass both Rodney Monroe of NC State and Dawkins with a 30 point game against Miami.
He now is just 60 points behind the ACC's all time leader, Wake Forest legend Dickie Hemric.