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Updated: Monday, January 31, 2005 12:03 AM EST
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(2) Duke 100, Virginia Tech 65

DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- J.J. Redick scored 29 points and Shelden Williams added 25 as second-ranked Duke rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 100-65 thrashing of Virginia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.

Williams had 21 points and 10 rebounds at the half as the Blue Devils built a 56-31 cushion and erased any chance of suffering back-to-back home losses for the first time since 1996. Maryland knocked off Duke, 75-66, on Wednesday.

Redick scored 17 points in the second half and was 6-of-11 from the arc but missed an uncharacteristic three free throws, going 7-of-10 from the line.

It was the first time in 87 career games that Redick missed more than one free throw and his three misses were his first of the season in league play (37-for-40).

"We just wanted to play better, not Xs and Os, just our effort and our attitude," Redick said. "We wanted to play with some emotion tonight and I think we did that."

"We responded really well tonight," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "But we're going to have to play this hard just to have an opportunity to win any game we play. We've always known that."

Daniel Ewing had 17 points and Sean Dockery had 14 for Duke (16-1, 6-1 ACC), which shot 55 percent (17-of-31) from the field in the first half.

"I was really pleased with the way our kids reacted tonight," Krzyzewski said. "Daniel, J.J. and Shelden played extremely well. Those three kids come to play like that, then we have a chance."

Virginia Tech (11-7, 4-3) entered the game with a five-game winning streak, including a win at Georgia Tech on January 22, but was no match for Duke in this one.

The Hokies shot just 33 percent in the first half and were outscored in the paint, 36-22.

"Obviously I'm disappointed in the way we played, but I'm also proud that we tried to compete," Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. "Our mindset is that we're not an opponent in this league. Not everyone wants us to be in this league, but we're in it."

Zabian Dowdell scored 15 points and Coleman Collins added 11 for Virginia Tech.


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