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Duke 73, Georgia Tech 57

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke poured it on in the second half after a miserable opening stretch of offense, and the third-ranked Blue Devils upended Georgia Tech 73-57 in and Atlantic Coast Conference game Thursday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Blue Devils, who were coming off Saturday's eight-point loss at North Carolina State that cost them the nation's top ranking, scored 46 second-half points. It was their most productive half this month.

Duke guard Seth Curry, who missed the final three-plus minutes of the N.C. State game with a slightly sprained left ankle, scored 24 points against the Yellow Jackets. Mason Plumlee added 16 points and 13 rebounds, and freshman guard Rasheed Sulaimon supplied 15 points for the Blue Devils (16-1, 3-1 ACC).

The Yellow Jackets (10-6, 0-4) were led by freshman guard Chris Bolden's 20 points. Georgia Tech, the only ACC team without a conference victory, won't have a chance for revenge in the regular season, as this was the teams' only scheduled meeting.

Quinn Cook, who was scoreless in the first half, drained a 3-pointer on Duke's first possession of the second half, putting the Blue Devils on top. Duke never trailed again.

Duke went on a 14-3 run across the first four minutes of the second half, causing Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski to run to midcourt to hug Plumlee as the Yellow Jackets called for timeout for the second time in the half.

Georgia Tech held a 28-27 halftime edge, leading for all expect a couple of possessions. Duke shot 27.3 percent (9-for-33) from the field in the opening half, perhaps bailed out in part by the Yellow Jackets' 13 turnovers.

That was more turnovers for Georgia Tech than in an entire game of any of its first three ACC outings.

Bolden scored eight of Georgia Tech's first 20 points. His next points came on a 3-pointer that gave the Yellow Jackets a 26-19 edge.

Georgia Tech built a 9-2 lead in the first four minutes.

Duke took its first lead at 19-17 on Curry's 3-pointer with slightly more than seven minutes left in the half before a 9-0 run by the Yellow Jackets.

Duke's Tyler Thornton started in place of Sulaimon, who had started the first 16 games of his career but was coming off a 0-for-10 shooting performance from the field. Sulaimon entered the game at the 15:14 mark of the first half, and his first shot at the 8:50 mark was a good 3-pointer.

NOTES: Duke entered the game with a 14-1 mark since the 2009-10 season following a loss. ... It was the third game against a Top 25 opponent for Georgia Tech this season, all on the road. ... Only four Georgia Tech players had ever previously played in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Of those, Daniel Miller and Mfon Udofia were in the starting lineup. ... Both teams are off this weekend, with Duke's next game Wednesday night at first-place Miami, which is unbeaten in the conference, and Georgia Tech's next outing the same night at North Carolina. That will mark Georgia Tech's third trip to the Tar Heel State in 15 days, with the Yellow Jackets having already visited North Carolina State.
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