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SportWilliamson has 29 points in return, No. 5 Duke rolls in ACCs

06:10  15 march  2019
06:10  15 march  2019 Source:   ap.org

Duke star Zion Williamson will play vs. Syracuse

Duke star Zion Williamson will play vs. Syracuse Duke star Zion Williamson will play vs. Syracuse

Zion Lateef Williamson (born July 6, 2000) is an American college basketball player for the Duke Blue Devils of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

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Williamson has 29 points in return, No. 5 Duke rolls in ACCs© (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) CAPTION: CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 14: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball against the Syracuse Orange during their game in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 14, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Zion Williamson made all 13 of his shots, five on high-flying dunks, and scored 29 points in his return to lead No. 5 Duke to an 84-72 victory over Syracuse on Thursday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

RJ Barrett added 23 points and six rebounds to help Duke set up a semifinal showdown with No. 3 North Carolina. The Tar Heels swept both games from the Blue Devils in the regular season, with Williamson injured in the first minute of the first meeting.

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Senior Kenny Williams scored a season-high 18 points for the North Carolina Tar Heels (26- 5 , 16-2), who led by 15 with about 6½ minutes left but had to hold off a rally by the Duke Blue Devils, who played yet again without injured freshman star Zion Williamson . The last time the two rivals met Williamson

Williamson , No. 2, had 28 points while Reddish had 19. Said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski simply: “They were magnificent." It was just one game, but given that it came against a John Calipari-coached team also loaded with five -star talent, it's hard not to be impressed with what the Blue Devils did, and

Williamson got off to a rousing start two minutes into the game when he stole a pass and drove the length of the floor before cocking his right hand back and throwing down a highlight-reel dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. He added three more soaring dunks in the first half -- including one off an alley-oop pass from Barrett -- and finished the first half with 21 points on 9-of-9 shooting and nine rebounds as Duke built a 34-28 lead.

BOX SCORE: NO. 5 DUKE 84, SYRACUSE 72

It was Williamson's first game since his left Nike Paul George shoe broke during a Feb. 20 game against the Tar Heels, causing him to miss nearly six full games with a sprained right knee. Williamson wore modified Nike Kyrie 4's this time specifically designed to lend extra support to his 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame.

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Zion Williamson injury update: Duke expects star back Thursday for ACC Tournament Williamson initially suffered the knee injury during the Blue Devils' first matchup against the Tar Heels on Feb. 20. "I think we'll get Zion back for Thursday," Krzyzewski told reporters after his team's loss to No. 3 North Carolina on Saturday. "He worked out this morning — again, no contact — but Monday, there will be. Hopefully, we'll get a couple good days of practice where he can be 5-on-5, and then see how that goes. But the way he looks right now, I think it's just a matter of getting in shape, getting in game shape, and going forward.

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He showed no signs of any lingering knee issue and cracked a smile several times throughout the game.

Frank Howard scored 28 points, and Buddy Boeheim had 15 for Syracuse (20-13).

Despite Williamson's highlight-reel display, the Orange battled until the end without leading scorer Tyus Battle, who missed his second straight game with a back injury.

Syracuse tied it with 13 minutes remaining on back-to-back 3-pointers from Boeheim.

But Duke wore down Syracuse down the stretch between the inside game of Williamson and the shooting of Barrett, who punctuated the win with a windmill dunk with 1:14 remaining.

Tre Jones added 15 points and eight assists for Duke.

BIG PICTURE

Syracuse: Despite the emotional return of Williamson, Syracuse stayed close with one of the nation's best teams despite playing without their leading scorer which is good news for Jim Boeheim's club heading into the NCAA Tournament.

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Bol has scored at least 21 points in five of seven games. He's already generated 52 points combined out of pick-and- rolls and isolation after totaling 51 points all last season. Culver has shown some extra wiggle, scoring and playmaking off the dribble this year, despite lacking explosion.

Duke freshman Zion Williamson has become college basketball's human highlight reel since the Just how good is freshmen star-powered Duke ? "Any time you have an athlete that can generate Williamson is averaging 25.3 points and 10.7 rebounds in three games for the undefeated Blue

Duke: The Blue Devils are in contention for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Williamson's return looks likely to help by making the Blue Devils look more like the team that spent a national-best seven weeks at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll.

UP NEXT

Syracuse: Will await word on an NCAA Tournament berth.

Duke: Will face No. 3 North Carolina for a third time in the semifinals. The Tar Heels won the previous two games -- 88-72 on the road and 79-70 at home.

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Williamson has 29 points in return, No. 5 Duke rolls in ACCs

No. 5 Duke edges No. 3 UNC 74-73 in ACC semifinals.
Zion Williamson had the go-ahead tip-in on his own miss with 30.3 seconds left and fifth-ranked Duke held off third-ranked North Carolina 74-73 in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals. Williamson had 31 points and 11 rebounds and the Blue Devils (28-5) survived a fight with their fierce rival in a classic that went down to the final play. Ultimately Duke hung on, but needed a final stop. After RJ Barrett missed two free throws with 12.4 seconds left, UNC pushed downcourt for Coby White to get a contested long jumper.

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