Jackets Struggle with Blue Devils, 84-65

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ATLANTA (AP) (Feb. 12) – No. 3 Duke started a new streak in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Freshman Clarence Moore against Duke on February 12, 2000. (AP Photo)

Six players scored in double figures and the Blue Devils,recapturing their defensive intensity after a home loss toMaryland, defeated turnover-plagued Georgia Tech 84-65 Saturday,February 12.

Duke (19-3, 10-1 ACC) set a record with 31 consecutive regular-season victories in the ACC, a streak that ended Wednesday with a 98-87 loss to the Terrapins at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Chris Carrawell and Nate James scored 15 points apiece to lead Duke, which committed only seven turnovers. By comparison, the Yellow Jackets gave the ball away 21 times, leading to 38 points for the Blue Devils.

Duke took control right away, racing to a 25-10 lead just over eight minutes into the game and maintaining a double-digit margin the rest of the way.

The Blue Devils pushed the margin to as many 19 points before settling for a 45-31 margin at halftime on Mike Dunleavy Jr.’s spinning, twisting shot in the lane just before the buzzer. Tech got no closer than 48-35 and trailed by as many as 27 points.

Georgia Tech was coming off its largest ACC victory in more than four years, a 68-47 rout of Virginia on the same night Duke was losing to Maryland. The Jackets used a zone defense to limit the Cavaliers to 27.6 percent shooting, but the Blue Devils had too many weapons. They shot nearly 50 percent (29-of-60), busting the zone with eight 3-pointers.

Shaun Fein led Tech with 15 points and Jason Collier, with 14, was the only teammate in double figures.

Duke extended its record road winning streak in the ACC to 17 games, and also defeated Georgia Tech for the eighth time in a row. The Yellow Jackets haven’t won in the series since the 1996 season, losing by an average of 19.5 points per game since then.

Box Score

DUKE (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carrawell 33 6-14 2-4 2-8 2 1 15 Battier 34 3-9 3-4 0-1 1 2 10 Boozer 26 4-7 4-8 1-5 2 4 12 James 30 4-8 5-7 1-3 3 2 15 Williams 31 5-8 0-0 1-1 4 3 13 Christensen 10 1-1 3-4 2-4 0 4 5 Dunleavy Jr 26 4-10 1-1 1-3 2 1 10 Horvath 3 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 Sanders 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Borman 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Buckner 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Simpson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 29-60 18-28 9-26 16 21 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.483, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Carrawell 1-4, Battier 1-3, James 2-2, Williams 3-5, Dunleavy Jr 1-2, Horvath 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (Williams). Turnovers: 7 (Dunleavy Jr 2, James 2, Williams 2, Battier). Steals: 13 (Williams 4, Battier 2, Carrawell 2, Dunleavy Jr 2, James 2, Buckner).

GEORGIA TECH (65) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Moore 32 3-6 3-5 2-5 0 4 9 Collier 35 3-7 7-7 3-8 1 3 14 Jones 30 2-4 0-2 2-7 1 4 4 Vines 31 3-11 1-3 3-6 2 3 8 Fein 32 5-10 4-5 2-6 4 2 15 Floyd 17 2-4 0-0 2-4 1 2 5 Akins 21 2-8 3-4 1-1 1 2 8 Labarrie 2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 21-52 18-26 15-37 10 20 65 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.404, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Moore 0-1, Collier 1-2, Vines 1-4, Fein 1-3, Floyd 1-2, Akins 1-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 6 (Jones 2, Floyd 2, Moore, Vines). Turnovers: 21 (Vines 6, Akins 4, Moore 4, Collier 2, Fein 2, Floyd 2, Jones). Steals: 5 (Collier 2, Moore 2, Akins). __________________________________ Duke 45 39 – 84 Georgia Tech 31 34 – 65 __________________________________ Technical fouls: None. A: 10,000. Officials: Larry Rose, Raymond Styons, Bryan Kersey.

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