Bedeviled: Hoyas stun No. 1 Duke
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Brandon Bowman scored 23 points, pulled down
eight rebounds and added three blocks as Georgetown pulled off the 87-84 upset
of top-ranked Duke at the MCI Center.
Jeff Green added 18 points, five boards and seven assists for the Hoyas
(12-4), who have won two straight following a two-game losing streak. Ashanti
Cook donated 17 points and four assists in the thrilling upset.
J.J. Redick tied a career-high with 41 points on 12-of-24 shooting for the
Blue Devils (17-1).
Duke, ninth-ranked Pittsburgh and second-ranked Florida all lost on Saturday,
leaving no undefeated teams in the Top 25.
Greg Paulus scored 14 points and Sean Dockery added 10 for Duke, which would
have set a school record for most wins to start a season with a victory. The
Blue Devils’ 17 wins in a row tied for the best start in school history with
the 1991-92 National Championship team.
Duke fell behind early, trailing 42-28 at half, but battled back and made a
game of it.
A layup and free throw by Paulus pulled Duke to within 10 at 60-50 with
11:11 remaining. Later, a layup and free throw from Redick cut the deficit to
single digits at 66-59.
A layup by Bowman put Georgetown ahead 72-63 with 4:50 left, but a three-
pointer by Redick and a layup by Jamal Boykin pulled Duke to within 72-68.
Bowman followed with a dunk to put the Hoyas up six, only to see Redick again
respond with a jumper and then a layup for a 74-72 deficit with 3:58 on the
Jonathan Wallace’s layup and a dunk by Darrel Owens put the Hoyas up 78-72
with 2:15 remaining and a free throw by Green extended Georgetown to a seven-
Redick knocked down two from the charity stripe for a 79-74 deficit and Green
hit only 1-of-2 from the free throw line for the Hoyas. However, after a
turnover, Bowman threw down a thunderous dunk to extend Georgetown to an
82-74 with 1:23 remaining.
Dockery connected on back-to-back layups to pull the Blue Devils within 82-78
with 46 seconds remaining. On the other end, Cook hit only one of his two free
throws to make it a five-point game.
After a Redick miss, Bowman knocked down a set of free throws, but Dockery and
Paulus both converted layups for an 85-82 contest.
Bowman missed his first free throw attempt, but hit his second one to give the
Hoyas a four-point advantage. Dockery answered with a jumper to pull within
two with eight seconds left and Wallace hit only 1-of-2 free throws at the
other end for an 87-84 game.
Duke pushed the ball up the floor with a chance to tie the game, but never got
a shot off as the ball was stolen by the Hoyas.
Tied 8-8 early in the first, Georgetown scored 10 straight, capped by a Bowman
dunk, to go ahead 18-8 with 12:11 remaining in the first.
Duke, though, battled back and took a 22-20 lead after a 14-2 run. Redick
netted 10 of the Blue Devils’ 14 points, including consecutive three-pointers
that finished off the spurt.
The Hoyas took control after that, and with the scored tied at 23-23,
Georgetown used a 13-1 run to hold a 36-24 lead with 2:47 remaining.
Two free throws by Cook sent Georgetown into the half with a surprising 42-28
The 1991-92 Duke squad suffered its first defeat on February 5, 1992, a 75-73
loss to North Carolina…Redick set his career-high for points against Texas
on December 10, 2005…The Hoyas lead the all-time series 6-5…Sheldon
Williams finished with four points and 11 rebounds for Duke…Owens
tallied 13 points and Wallace netted 12 in the win…The Hoyas shot a
blistering 61 percent from the floor. Duke shot 52 percent.