Monday, February 22, 2010

SUNDAY NIGHT HOOPS

NO. 6 DUKE 67, VIRGINIA TECH 55 – Kyle “Twilight” Singler had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Nolan "I Need A Nickname, How About Captain John" Smith added 23 points and No. 6 Duke pulled away late to beat Virginia Tech on Sunday night.

Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer had 15 points for the Blue Devils (23-4, 11-2 ACC) who used a late 14-4 run to overcome their only deficit of the second half and earn their sixth straight victory.

Malcolm Delaney, the ACC's leading scorer, finished with 19 points for Virginia Tech (21-5, 8-4) in spite of early foul trouble. The Hokies are now 1-17 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Delaney’s three-pointer capped a 13-5 run and put the Hokies up 45-44 with 9:55 left.

But, Duke’s Smith followed with a three-point play and scored seven points during the decisive stretch that followed. Scheyer finished Duke’s run with a 3 that made it 60-49 with 4:15 to play.

Game over.

Duke's three Ss - Singler, Scheyer and Smith - combined for all but four of the team's points.

Dorenzo Hudson added 12 points for the Hokies, who had their five-game ACC winning streak snapped, a run that was their longest since joining the league. They were trying to beat North Carolina and Duke in the same season for the first time since 2007 - also the last time they reached the NCAA tournament.

To read more in the Raleigh News & Observer, click here.

(Photos by Chuck Liddy/NewsObserver.com)

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