Deng leads top-ranked Duke to ACC road win
=== Deng leads top-ranked Duke to ACC road win ===
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Luol Deng scored a game-high 22 points to lead
top-ranked Duke over No. 14 Georgia Tech, 82-74, in ACC action at Alexander
Shelden Williams and Daniel Ewing added 15 points apiece for the Blue Devils
(18-1, 7-0 ACC), who have won 15 straight since a loss against Purdue on
Jarret Jack led Georgia Tech with 19 points as the Yellow Jackets (16-4, 4-3)
lost for the second time in their last three games. Luke Schenscher added 18
and Will Bynum scored 13 in the loss.
The Yellow Jackets fell behind by as many as 10 points in the second half, but
battled back to take their first lead since 17-16 when Schenscher completed a
three-point play to make it 62-61 with 7:17 remaining.
The teams battled back-and-forth after that until Duke used an 11-4 burst
later on to take a 77-70 lead on Shavlik Randolph’s dunk with 1:58 to play.
Georgia Tech came no closer than six the rest of the way, dropping its 15
straight game to Duke.
“Wherever we play, it’s not a dull game,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Duke fell behind by as many as 14 early on when Clarence Moore’s jumper seven
minutes into the game gave the Yellow Jackets a 15-4 lead.
“[Our crowd] gave us a really big lift at the beginning,” Georgia Tech coach
Paul Hewitt said. “I just wish we could have given them more at the end.”
The Blue Devils followed with a 6-0 burst, however, and later pulled even at
17-17 on Williams’ dunk midway through the first half.
Duke’s first lead of the game came on its next trip down the court when Deng’s
layup made it a 19-17 game. The Blue Devils then went ahead by as many as six
and carried a 37-32 edge into the locker room at the break.
J.J. Redick, one of the nation’s best shooters, finished the first half with
three fouls and no points. He ended the game with 11 points.
Deng’s dunk and a three-pointer from Ewing to open the second half increased
the Blue Devil lead to double digits at 42-32 less than a minute in.
Duke still led by nine later in the half, but the Yellow Jackets used a 15-5
burst to pull ahead 62-61 on Schenscher’s dunk and free throw.