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Duke Beats Down Georgia Tech 79 – 57

By February 21, 2011No Comments

Duke once again started off the game sluggish as usual, it was apparent something needed to happen as Duke was keeping pace with Georgia Tech but was not able to get any kind of lead and separation. Queue a questionable foul on Duke guard Tyler Thornton, and an explosion by Coach K on the referee and the subsequent technical foul call. After that call Duke seemed to get fired up and take the fight to Georgia Tech. Duke went on a run that would last the entire rest of the game. Duke did a good job of passing into and out of the post once they settled down. Mason Plumlee displayed his newly found post moves and rebounded well in the game as well. More importantly his decision making out of the post was excellent finding shooters in good positions and causing Georgia Tech to have to play recovery defense, creating space for the guards. This wrinkle in Dukes offense is what needs to be fostered to take Duke deep into the tournament this year.

Nolan Smith shook off a mediocre first half to score 28 points, 20 in the second half. The first half saw Duke scoring more balanced with Mason Plumlee, Kyle Singler, Tyler Thornton and Set Curry all stepping up to keep the Devils rolling. The second half Duke started to pull away, getting a nearly 30 point lead with Smith leading the way. The Duke defense as has been the pattern came out stout and tough for the second half, holding G Tech to 29 points while scoring 42. Tech did not help themselves from beyond the arc in the second half, going a cold 1 of 9.

Duke is on a bit of a roll as of late and with a big game coming up against a ranked Temple team and an even bigger game with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. A team looking for a signature win to get off of their annual bubble ride.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Daniel Miller, C253-40-00-223015246
Maurice Miller, G315-81-22-2025201013
Lance Storrs, G272-50-10-014010024
Iman Shumpert, G264-160-45-5362003313
Glen Rice Jr., G264-142-62-3251202312
Nick Foreman, G20-00-00-000000000
Kammeon Holsey, F100-00-01-412001011
Mfon Udofia, G130-30-14-425100234
Jason Morris, G251-60-10-025010432
Nate Hicks, C151-40-00-023101012
Duke Blue Devils
Kyle Singler, F365-140-15-6492203215
Ryan Kelly, F274-70-22-2360210310
Nolan Smith, G2910-204-74-4274103228
Seth Curry, G343-62-41-201620119
Mason Plumlee, F284-70-01-229301259
Miles Plumlee, F91-30-00-013000002
Andre Dawkins, G90-20-10-000100110
Tyler Thornton, G241-20-14-403220026
Josh Hairston, F40-10-00-000000010
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