DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Freshman J.J. Redick scored a season-high 26 points Sunday night as the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils nearly blew a 23-point lead before posting an 85-74 victory over Dayton.
Duke (7-0) never trailed as it jumped to a 10-1 lead and built a 42-25 cushion at halftime. The lead grew to as many as 23 points and was still 63-41 after a basket by Casey Sanders with 13 1/2 minutes remaining.
Dayton (7-3) responded with an 11-2 run to get within 64-52. The Flyers continued to cut into the lead and made it 73-67 on Ramod Marshall's runner with just under four minutes left.
The teams traded baskets before Redick and Chris Duhon each split a pair at the line to make it 77-69. Duhon came up with a steal and a dunk for a 10-point advantage with just over two minutes remaining.
Once again, the Blue Devils enjoyed a major advantage at the free-throw line. They converted 24 of 37 attempts to 14 of 24 for Dayton.
Duke has shot more foul shots than all seven opponents it has faced.