Monday, February 21, 2011

Duke Dodges Upset Train

#5 DUKE 79, GEORGIA TECH 57 – Duke was struggling at home and the week-long run of upsets looked like it might add the #5 Blue Devils to the list.  All four teams ahead of last year's champs in the polls — Kansas, Ohio State, Texas and Pitt—lost this past week.

With Duke struggling a bit half way through the opening stanza,  Bryan Kersey slapped Coach K with his first technical foul of the season  and suddenly Duke returned to form.  

The Crazies were shocked. Shocked, we tell ya! Coach K? A technical? At home?

The #5 Blue Devils responded outscoring Georgia Tech 54-22 during the next 20+ minutes that followed. By the time Seth Curry hit a free throw to make it 67-40 with 9:12 left, Duke was well on their way to their NCAA-best 34th straight win at Cameron Indoor Stadium—where Georgia Tech has only won once since 1996.

Nolan Smith scored 28 points, Kyle Singler added 15 and Ryan Kelly had 10 for the Blue Devils (25-2, 12-1 ACC), as the Devils notched their sixth straight win and 10th victory in a row in conference play.

Singler bounced back from his worst game of the season, a 2-point performance against Virginia. His jumper 10 seconds into the second half gave Duke its first double-digit lead, 39-28, and prolonged the run that followed Krzyzhlw8ski’s technical foul.

Iman Shumpert and Moe Miller had 13 points apiece, but they couldn’t keep the Yellow Jackets (11-15, 3-9) from losing their sixth straight ACC game. Glen Rice Jr. finished with 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting while Shumpert was 4 of 16 for Georgia Tech.

“It just happened so fast...They got a couple of breakaways and the crowd got into it,” Miller said. “Then we got a couple of silly fouls, and the next thing you know they were up 20. It’s a good thing to keep fighting, but it’s highly unlikely that you’ll come back on a Duke team when you’re down by 20.”

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