NCAA Game Summary - Georgia Tech at Duke|
(Thursday, January 17th)
Final Score: (3) Duke 73, Georgia Tech 57
Durham, NC (Sports Network) - Seth Curry battled through an ankle injury to
hit 6-of-7 shots from 3-point range, leading No. 3 Duke to a 73-57 victory
over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Curry, who finished with 24 points, was hurt in the waning moments of the Blue
Devils' first loss of the season, an 84-76 setback at then-No. 20 NC State on
Rasheed Sulaimon scored 15 points for Duke (16-1, 3-1 ACC), which got off to a
cold start against Georgia Tech but heated up after halftime.
Mason Plumlee, much like the rest of his Duke teammates, shook off a poor
shooting performance in the first half to record his conference-best 11th
double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Freshman Chris Bolden paced the Yellow Jackets (10-6, 0-4) with a season-high
The Blue Devils shot just 27.3 percent during the opening 20 minutes, with
Plumlee epitomizing the team's struggles. The senior made only 2-of-12 field
"As a player, you can't get frustrated," Plumlee said. "You just have to tell
yourself they're going to fall, and then you've got to convince your teammates
to keep giving you the ball."
Duke's defense, however, forced 13 Georgia Tech turnovers, a key reason the
Blue Devils were down only 28-27 at halftime.
Following the break, the Blue Devils came out firing and opened the second
half on a 17-3 surge. Curry capped the run with a 3-pointer that put Duke up
Curry drained another trey to make it 57-42 with 7:48 remaining, and the Blue
Devils led comfortably the rest of the way.
"I thought we played extremely hard and competed, which was our number one
objective," said Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory.
Duke has won six straight games against Georgia Tech at Cameron Indoor Stadium
... The Yellow Jackets are off to their worst start in conference play since
opening 0-6 in 2008-09 ... Duke shot 53.1 percent in the second half ... No
Georgia Tech player had previously scored as many as 20 points in a game this
season ... Mfon Udofia and Daniel Miller had nine points apiece for the Yellow
Jackets ... Georgia Tech held a 43-40 rebounding advantage, with Miller
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