DURHAM, N.C. - J.J. Redick scored 28 points and Shelden Williams added 21 while becoming Duke’s all-time leading shot blocker as the top-ranked Blue Devils pulled away from N.C. State late in the second half to secure an 81-68 victory in ACC action on Wednesday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
With four blocked shots on the night, Williams moved past Mike Gminski, who had 345 rejections during his career which spanned 1977-80. Williams now has 348 career blocks to rank fifth on the ACC’s all-time list.
After a tightly played opening 15 minutes, Duke surged to a six-point lead at 33-27 on two free throws by Redick with 3:44 remaining. The Wolfpack responded by outscoring the Blue Devils 7-0 the rest of the way to claim a 34-33 advantage at intermission when Ilian Evtimov capped the run with a layup with just nine seconds left.
In the second half, Sean Dockery’s three-point bucket at the 12:17 mark pushed Duke’s lead to six at 56-50, but N.C. State used a 12-2 run to take a 62-58 lead on a jumper by Simmons with just under eight minutes to play.
What proved to be a crucial possession for the Blue Devils came just minutes later when, with the score tied at 65-65, Dockery buried a three-pointer and was fouled. The senior guard then rebounded his missed foul shot, and fed Lee Melchionni for a three-point basket for a 71-65 margin with 4:44 remaining. The Wolfpack would get no closer than four points the rest of the way and Duke made all eight of its foul shots down the stretch to seal the win.
Redick hit on seven-of-15 field goals, four-of-11 three-point attempts and all 10 of his foul shots for his 28 points. He added a season-high six assists and a pair of steals while playing the entire contest. Melchionni tossed in four three-pointers for 12 points and Dockery chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and five assists against zero turnovers.
After making just four-of-10 foul shots in the first half, the Blue Devils converted 14-of-16 tosses from the charity stripe in the second half.
N.C. State received an outstanding performance from sophomore center Cedric Simmons, who recorded 28 points, nine rebounds, seven blocked shots and three steals in 34 minutes of action. He was joined in double figures by Gavin Grant and Cameron Bennerman with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Duke travels to face Georgetown on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised live by CBS.