Monday, February 20, 2012

Sunday ACC Basketball

(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

#5 DUKE 75, BOSTON COLLEGE 50 – This time there was no come-from-behind dama as the the Blue Devils, coming off consecutive wins with late rallies, held Boston College to their lowest point total this season .
Duke changed its approach after falling behind 13-7 as BC made its first five shots. It hit just 10 of 39 the rest of the way.

"We didn't give up threes," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "It's just an unconventional offense for us to defend, and to hold them to the 50 points, we were pleased. And we didn't give up many second shots."

BC managed just two offensive rebounds and was beaten 45-21 off the boards. The Blue Devils were never in danger of falling into a third straight huge deficit.

They had come from 20 points behind in the final 11½ minutes to beat North Carolina State 78-73 on Thursday night. Eight days earlier, they had rallied from 10 points down with 2½ minutes left to beat North Carolina 85-84.

But against BC, Duke went ahead for good on a layup by Rivers midway through the first half, 15-13, led 30-21 at intermission and stretched that to 28 points midway through the second half.

Duke (23-4, 10-2 ACC) pulled into a tie for the league lead with North Carolina and Florida State with its fourth straight win after a 78-74 overtime loss to Miami. But Krzyzewski doesn't think his team is playing as well as a Top 5 team should, especially after committing 18 turnovers against BC.

Boston College (8-19, 3-10) was led by Ryan Anderson with 21 points and eight rebounds. The freshman had a season-high 22 in BC's last game, an 81-65 loss at Maryland. Matt Humphrey added 12 points as BC lost for the ninth time in 10 games and is 1-10 against Duke since joining the ACC.

Duke's defense was so effective that the Eagles went without a basket for more than 14 minutes after taking the 13-7 lead on a 3-pointer by Anderson with 16:34 left in the first half. They didn't get another field goal until a 3 by Humphrey cut the lead to 25-19 with 2:21 to play before the break.

 (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

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