Sunday, January 10, 2010

OOPS, NO. 5 DUKE STUMBLES IN ATLANTA

Look, we know the knock on Duke is they fade late in the season, but up until Saturday the Blue Devils looked like the runaway class of the ACC. Of course, we didn’t see them missing 22 of 28 three-point attempts Saturday against Georgia Tech...Game over.

Gani Lawal (#31) scored 21 points, including a crucial shot with just over a minute remaining, and No. 20 Georgia Tech bounced back from a dismal loss with a 71-67 upset of the fifth-ranked Blue Devils on Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets avoided an 0-2 start in conference play and made up for Tuesday's 73-66 loss to state rival Georgia, a team that doesn't have nearly as much as talent. (However, the Bulldogs gave a very good UK team lots of trouble Saturday in their SEC opener.)

Lawal worked the boards hard, putting back two straight misses during one pivotal stretch, and Georgia Tech (12-3, 1-1 ACC) went ahead for good on yet another hustle play. Zachery Peacock grabbed an airball under the basket and flipped in a shot that put Georgia Tech ahead 62-60 with 1:52 remaining.

After Kyle "Twilight" Singler missed again for Duke (13-2, 1-1) (another three-pointer) - the junior forward was 2 for 13 from the field - Lawal knocked down an awkward turnaround jumper from about 10 feet to give the Yellow Jackets some breathing room.

To read more on Coach Krzchvgsm4ski losing an ACC opener, click here (GT) and here (Raleigh News & Observer) and here (AP/ESPN) and here (Atlanta Journal Constitution).

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