Friday, February 1, 2008

WHO KNEW HALFTIME SUCKED?

#3 DUKE 93, N.C. State 72

Young AT has been paying close attention to hoop for some thirty years now. She doesn’t miss much, and, years of experience and an allegiance to regularly reading the Raleigh News-Obsever (which offers the best ACC coverage around) have given her a clear view of the collective mind set of the North Carolina-based ACC teams.

Last night with N.C. State leading #3 Duke by nine points at half-time, she said, “If there wasn’t a halftime, State would win this game.”

“But, they’ll go in and think about what they are doing (beating Duke AT DUKE), and they will come back out and freeze up.”

Money.

How about 46 points in the first half, and 26 in the second.

Frozen. Solid.

Greg Paulus scored 22 points and freshman Kyle Singler added 19 to help Duke rally past North Carolina State 92-72, keeping the Blue Devils alone atop the ACC standings.

Gerald Henderson and DeMarcus Nelson each had 18 points for the Blue Devils (18-1, 6-0 ACC), who ran into an unexpectedly tough opponent in the first half before turning up their intensity to dominate the rest of the way.

(Duke's DeMarcus Nelson, top right, dunks over North Carolina State's Marques Johnson in the first half, and Jon "Crazy Face" Scheyer makes a crazy face. AP Photos/Sara D. Davis)

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