Dockery's late plays help No. 1 Duke roll


Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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Duke's Josh McRoberts, left, and North Carolina State's Ilian Evtimov battle for possession during the first half of their ACC basketball game Wednesday in Durham, N.C.

The Associated Press
Sean Dockery saved Duke again. This time, he didn't wait until the final buzzer.
With the top-ranked Blue Devils' unbeaten record on the line, Dockery made a go-ahead 3-pointer and set up another an instant later by Lee Melchionni to help them beat No. 14 North Carolina State 81-68 Wednesday night.
J.J. Redick had 28 points and Shelden Williams added 21, but it was Dockery's plays down the stretch that helped Duke reach 17-0 (5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) for only the second time. The other was during a run to the NCAA title in 1992.
The Wolfpack (14-3, 3-2) was never too far away in a game that featured 16 lead changes and nine ties, the last at 65 following a free throw from N.C. State's Gavin Grant. On the other end, Dockery swished a 3 as Tony Bethel slammed into him.
When his free throw clanged off the rim, Dockery chased down the rebound and found Melchionni alone at the top of the key. His jumper also found the mark, and suddenly, the Blue Devils had a six-point lead. They never were challenged again.
They trailed at halftime for only the second time this season - the other came against Virginia Tech on Dec. 4. That's when Dockery made a 40-foot heave at the buzzer to give Duke the improbable victory. He made sure this one had little drama in the final seconds.
Duke closed this game with a 16-3 run. Earlier this month, the Wolfpack saw North Carolina score the final 13 points to win.
NO. 9 PITTSBURGH 76, RUTGERS 68: Aaron Gray scored nine of his 20 points in the final 3 minutes to help No. 9 Pittsburgh remain undefeated by beating Rutgers (12-5, 2-2).
The win kept Pitt (15-0, 4-0 Big East) one of three unbeaten Division I teams along with No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Florida, both of which won Wednesday.
Levon Kendall had 14 points to lead four other Panthers in double figures.
NO. 19 OHIO ST. 77, NO. 15 WISCONSIN 67:
Jamar Butler and Je'Kel Foster took turns making critical shots down the stretch to lead No. 19 Ohio State (13-2, 3-2) to a win over No. 15 Wisconsin (14-3, 4-1).
The loss ended Wisconsin's seven-game Big Ten winning streak and dealt a defeat to the last unbeaten Big Ten team.
MIAMI 62, CLEMSON 38: Guillermo Diaz scored 12 points and Miami beat Clemson (13-5, 2-3) for its fourth straight win.
The winning streak is the longest of the season for Miami (11-6, 3-1), which has won five of its past six games. The Hurricanes have also won three consecutive ACC games after opening conference play with an 81-69 loss at North Carolina State.

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