Friday, January 25, 2008

THURSDAY HOOP

#3 DUKE 81, VIRGINIA TECH 64

By now, one would think that all ACC teams would know that Duke engages you offensively and defensively some 25 feet from the basket. Evidently, knowing about it, and be able to cope with it are two different things. The Blue Devils are much improved from last year’s squad, and last night the Hokies could do little to slow them down.

To make matters worse, Virginia Tech is next-to-last in the league in scoring offense, a matter made worse by the fact that 13-points-a-game freshman, Jeff Allen, is serving a two game suspension for touching a ref.

Ruh, roh, Reorge.

Freshman Kyle Singler scored 10 of his 16 points during an 18-9 run that allowed the Blue Devils to build on a one-point lead early in the second half and they stayed comfortably ahead the rest of the way in an 81-64 victory Thursday night.

A.D. Vassallo's 3-pointer 20 seconds into the second half pulled the Hokies within 42-41, but VT simply couldn’t get enough good shots to stay close.

Deron Washington played like a man possessed. He has mad skills, but he might need to be possessed by some self-control in future games. The Dookies got under his skin, and it showed. Washington fouled out late after going just 2 for 9 in the game. The Hokies can’t have Allen sitting in the stands, and Washington running around like a crazy man if they are to have any chance of beating upper echelon ACC opponents.

The Blue Devils (16-1, 4-0 ACC) won their sixth straight game and for the third time in the past five drama-filled meetings with the Hokies.


Virginia Tech (11-8, 2-3), which has beaten No. 7 Duke in Blacksburg and No. 5 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium since joining the ACC, also lost on the Blue Devils' famous court on a 40-foot heave/throw/stupid-lucky shot by Sean Dockery to beat the buzzer in 2005.

No drama this time.


Virginia Tech's Deron Washington (13) looks for help as Duke forward Lance Thomas (42) applies pressure during the first half. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

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