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Updated: Saturday, March 20, 2004 6:23 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(1) Duke 90, (8) Seton Hall 62

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- J.J. Redick and Duke continue to treat the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament as mere preliminaries.

Redick scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half as the top-seeded Blue Devils overwhelmed No. 8 Seton Hall for a 90-62 victory in the second round of the Atlanta Region.

Duke (29-5) advanced to the "Sweet 16" for the seventh straight season. The Blue Devils' last second-round loss was in 1997 to Providence.

Redick scored 14 points in the first five minutes, and an 11-0 run opened a 35-17 advantage for Duke with more than six minutes left in the first half. The Blue Devils settled for a 42-28 cushion at the break and poured it on early in the second half.

"I'm a rhythm player," Redick said. "If I can hit my first shot and start out in a good rhythm right away, then I am usually going to be successful for the rest of the game."

Freshman Luol Deng netted 20 points for Duke and Shelden Williams added 13 and helped contain Pirates center Kelly Whitney.

Seton Hall (21-10) ended its season with its worst loss, surpassing an 89-67 defeat at Connecticut on March 1. Star guard Andre Barrett was scoreless in the first half and finished with eight points in his final game.

"They keyed on me," Barrett said. "A lot of teams do, but I think they put the 'zoom-in' on me."

Chris Duhon showed no ill effects of bruised ribs in defending Barrett, his counterpart at point guard. Barrett made 4-of-11 shots and missed all four 3-pointers.

"I think Duhon had one of those courageous performances," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "He led us so well and I think because he is out there that these kids picked it up."

Pirates forward Andre Sweet - a Duke transfer - nailed a 3-pointer to start the game, but that was the extent of Seton Hall's highlights. The Pirates shot 37 percent (10-of-37) in the first half and finished 3-of-17 from the arc.

Duke's physical style resulted in a 40-22 advantage on the glass as well as 27 fouls on Seton Hall. The Blue Devils made 34-of-38 from the line in comparison to 11-of-16 by the Pirates.

"I wouldn't say that it came easy because it was a tough game, despite the score," said Duke swingman Daniel Ewing, who chipped in 11 points. "As a team, we did a great job listening and following the game plan."

The Blue Devils will face the winner of Sunday's game between Cincinnati and Illinois next week.


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