Monday, January 7, 2008

SUNDAY HOOPS

#8 DUKE 81, Cornell (Bears, 13,645 students, Ithaca, NY) 67

Passes sailed out of bounds, loose balls went unrecovered, opposing scorers had room to operate, Jon Scheyer made all kinds of crazy faces -- and Duke's players weren't discussing their mistakes with each other. No wonder the Blue Devils (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) had the look of a team that hadn't seen the court in two weeks.

While those miscues ultimately didn't cost them against Cornell on Sunday night, it's clearly a concern for coach Mike Krzyzdlgjbns3ki's team as the Atlantic Coast Conference season approaches.

"I don't know if we're in game shape or game talk yet," Krzyzbnm4ski said. "We just weren't sharp." (We don’t know what “game talk” is, so don’t ask.)

Slow-starting Duke went on to beat Cornell 81-67 behind DeMarcus Nelson's 23 points, which matched a season high. But his big game was overshadowed by those nagging breakdowns that made the Blue Devils look sloppy.
(ABOVE) Duke's Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer, right, defends as Cornell's Ryan Wittman (20) shoots during the second half. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

(LEFT) Duke's Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer, left, and Cornell's Adam Gore (23) battle for a rebound during the second half of a college basketball game in Durham, N.C. No doubt, a foul was called on Gore. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

GEORGIA TECH 77, Presbyterian (Blue Hose, 1,300 students, Clinton, SC) 64

Anthony Morrow scored 16 points and freshmen Moe Miller and Gani Lawal in Georgia Tech's 77-64 victory over Presbyterian on Sunday.

The Yellow Jackets (7-6) led by 15 on Morrow's 3-pointer with 17 minutes remaining, but Presbyterian only trailed by two on Josh Johnson's 3 with 3:33 remaining. Tech answered with another 3 by Morrow, a steal and dunk by D'Andre Bell and a basket by Lawal to make it 71-62 with 1:54 left.

The Blue Hose (1-19), playing their first season in Division I before debuting next year in the Big South Conference, have lost 11 straight games, all on the road.

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