Not even his worst game of the season kept J.J. Redick from setting another record for Duke.
Redick's 11 points were enough to set the ACC career scoring record and Shelden Williams had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils to a 74-66 win over Temple on Saturday.
Already holding the NCAA record for career 3-pointers and Duke's career scoring record, the nine points Redick needed to pass Wake Forest's Dickie Hemric for the league mark seemed like a formality.
Instead, it took much longer than anyone expected - all the way to the final minutes of No. 1 Duke's (27-1) 10th straight win.
With flashbulbs popping throughout the Wachovia Center and photographers crammed behind the basket, Redick sank two free throws with 1:28 left to pass Hemric's 2,587 points. The sold-out crowd gave him a standing ovation and his teammates patted him on the head as he went to the huddle for a timeout. He finished the game with 2,590 career points.
"I was just trying to extend the lead and kind of seal the game, that was what was going through my mind," Redick said. "I knew that I was there, but that wasn't the main focus."
Redick, the nation's second-leading scorer, hadn't scored fewer than 15 points in a game this season. He went 3-for-10 from the floor and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Looking to beat a No. 1 team for only the third time in team history, the Owls (15-11) made a late, spirited rush without Mardy Collins, their leading scorer who left for the locker room with a sprained foot.
Dustin Salisbery sank a 3-pointer that pulled the Owls within seven. Then Redick's errant pass off the backboard was rebounded by Mark Tyndale, who sprinted all the way for a layup that made it 61-56.
Temple coach John Chaney got into a brief argument with a fan, then criticized fan misbehavior that he said was running rampant at college basketball games.
Chaney said he yelled at a fan who had been cursing at Duke's coaches at the end of the game.
"The fans are bad everywhere you go, with language, and with behavior," Chaney said. "You can't put enough cops in the stands, but you ought to give the cops cameras, give people cameras, so they can take a picture of the idiot and you can identify him."
NO. 11 B.C. 74, NO. 15 N.C. STATE 72 (2OT):Sean Marshall's three-point play early in the second overtime gave the visiting Eagles the lead for good and sent the Wolfpack on its first losing streak of the season. Marshall's were the only three points scored for BC in the second overtime, while N.C. State had one point. The teams scored eight total in the first OT.
GA. TECH 76, WAKE 61: Freshman Lewis Clinch scored a career-high 20 to keep the Deacons winless in league road games.
CLEMSON 90, VIRGINIA 64: The visiting Cavaliers had 16 turnovers in the first half. Virginia entered averaging 14 turnovers, and finished with season-high 29.