Sunday, January 20, 2008

ONCE IN A LIFETIME(?)

#5 DUKE 93, #24 CLEMSON 80

How come Clemson can play with Duke for three-quarters of a game at Cameron and then the Tigers’ brains turn to mush?

Why, why, why?

Yesterday, they hung in there, and suddenly there was that moment when they realized they had a shot. They immediately started taking horrible shots and throwing ridiculously bad passes.

Game over.

DeMarcus Nelson #15 scored 24 points and Duke beat No. 24 Clemson 93-80 on Saturday night for their 22nd straight win in the series.

Kyle Singler added 17 points and keyed the game-breaking run for the Blue Devils (15-1, 3-0 ACC). They blew a 12-point first-half lead, regrouped and eventually ran away from the Tigers while improving to 54-4 against them at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Like we said, mush for brains.

Gerald Henderson had 16 points, and Nolan Smith scored 13 for Duke, which overcame a serious height disadvantage by turning up the defensive pressure and riding some hot shooting to win its fifth straight.

Clemson (14-4, 2-2 ACC) held a 42-26 rebounding advantage, but the Tigers turned it over 21 times -- 5.5 more than their average. Duke turned those miscues into 37 points and shot 53.4 percent, knocking down 10 of 11 shots in one early stretch.


Jon Scheyer made funny faces.


(AP Photo above/Sara D. Davis)

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