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February 19, 2006

Redick stands alone

J.J. Redick shot himself into another Duke record on Sunday evening at Cameron Indoor Stadium. This time, it was the granddaddy of them all. Redick poured in 30 points and became the all-time leading scorer for the Blue Devils.

Redick passed former Duke great Johnny Dawkins, who was watching from the Blue Devils bench as the associate head coach. Dawkins scored 2,556 points in his storied career in Durham, a record that stood for 20 years until Sunday night.

Redick rolled off a Lee Melchionni screen and took the pass from DeMarcus Nelson and sunk home a three-pointer in front of the Duke bench. Immediately, the usually stoic Dawkins stood up and gave an ovation along with the packed house.

After the game, Dawkins presented Redick with a game ball and spoke highly of his scoring predecessor.

"I was really pleased to pass it to him," Dawkins said. "For me, 20 years I was proud to have it. I don't think I could be prouder to pass it along to better player than J.J. Redick."

"I feel very luck and blessed and honor for him to be here," Redick said. "He is probably the greatest player in Duke history and without him I probably wouldn't be here."

Redick scored 22 points in the first half, keeping every fan inside Cameron Indoor Stadium, and in the national viewing fan base, on edge and a scoring count rolling in their heads.

The Blue Devil captain scored on his first three three-point attempts to start the game, scoring 11 of Duke's first 14 points in first four minutes of the game.

Miami put things on pause for the first eight minutes of the second half as Redick, and the rest of the Duke team, was held in check from the field. Then a Josh McRoberts skip pass found Redick in the right corner all by himself. Redick wasted little time in sinking in his 23rd, 24th and 25th point.

Redick has been nothing short of spectacular this season. The senior from Roanoke, Va., has sat atop the national scoring list from the beginning of the year. Over the last nine games, Redick has turned up his scoring touch, putting in 33.5 points a game in that span.

"I've never seen anyone that can score the ball like the way he does," Dawkins said.

Last week, Redick passed former Virginia star Curtis Staples last week as the all-time leader in three points made. Staples finished his career with 413.

Interestingly enough Mike Gminski, Duke's fourth leading scorer, was in the broadcast booth calling the game for Fox Sports in the nationally televised game.

Chris Duhon and Shavlik Randolph were in the stands for the historic night, as well as coveted junior recruit Kyle Singler. Singler was sitting in front of Redick's family.

Dickie Hemric is the all-time leading scorer in ACC history. Hemric scored 2,587 points in his career at Wake Forest (1951-1955). Redick and the Blue Devils will travel to Atlanta on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. slate against Georgia Tech. Redick needs 31 points to pass Hemric.

Redick is now tied in 39th place in NCAA history in all-time scoring with former Furman star Frank Sealy (1952-1954).

"This has been one heck of a ride," Redick said.

Sure has.


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