Paulus, No. 11 Duke come back to beat No. 18 Hoyas
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – Greg Paulus sparked a late second-half surge,
scoring six of his 13 points in the final five minutes, to lead 11th-ranked
Duke to a 61-52 triumph over 18th-ranked Georgetown at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Josh McRoberts had a team-high 15 points, seven rounds and six assists for the
Blue Devils (7-1), who have won three in a row. DeMarcus Nelson tallied 12 for
Duke, which trailed for much of the contest but rallied in the second half to
come away with the victory.
Jessie Sapp had 13 points to lead the Hoyas (4-3), who have dropped two
straight. Roy Hibbert added 11 points and six rebounds for Georgetown, which
was outscored 12-3 to end the game after looking like the better team for much
of the contest.
Trailing by as many as nine points in the first half and seven at halftime,
Duke took control in the second half. The Blue Devils opened the second half
with a 12-5 run to tie the game at 39-39. McRoberts had four points during the
surge, which was capped by a pair of Jon Scheyer free throws with 12:48 to
The Hoyas responded by going back up by four points, 43-39, but Paulus sparked
an 8-0 run by hitting a three-pointer and Scheyer tallied the final five
points of the burst, ending it with a three-point play for a 47-43 edge with
just over eight minutes left.
Georgetown again had an answer, tying the game at 47-47. But with the game
deadlocked at 49-49 with five minutes left, Paulus took over. The guard hit a
layup to give the Blue Devils a 51-49 lead and followed that with another
layup with four minutes remaining, as Duke scored 12 of the final 15 points
Scheyer ended with nine points for Duke, which avenged an 87-84 setback to the
Hoyas last season at the MCI Center.
After falling behind 6-2 in the early stages, the Hoyas responded by scoring
the next 11 points to take the lead. Hibbert had four points during the run,
capping it with a dunk 5:46 into the game for a 13-6 lead.
Georgetown continued to hold the lead the remainder of the half, extending the
advantage to as many as nine points. A Sapp jumper with 2:41 left in the half
accounted for the final nine-point cushion of the half, 32-23, for the Hoyas,
who went into halftime with a 34-27 edge.
Jeff Green had eight points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Hoyas, who
scored only 18 second-half points.
Duke hit 6-of-13 three-pointers for the game, compared to just 2-of-14 for the
Hoyas…G-Town hit 42.9 percent from the field for the contest, while DU hit
38.6 percent of its shots…G-Town’s Jeremiah Rivers left the game with 2:16
left after rolling his right ankle. He needed to be helped off the floor and
did not return…The all-time series between these two schools is tied at
6-6…Duke has won 45 straight non-conference games at home.