SHOOTING WOES PERSIST, BUT DUKE COASTS PAST VIRGINIA TECH, EARNS ACC BYE
Rodney Hood scored 21 points to help No. 6 Duke beat Virginia Tech 66-48 on Tuesday night.
Rasheed Sulaimon added 15 points for the Blue Devils (23-6, 12-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who jumped to a 24-4 lead midway through the first half and never trailed — though they struggled to land a game-finishing blow on the Hokies.
Duke didn’t shoot the ball particularly well and its outside shooting was streaky, but it still had relatively little trouble against a Virginia Tech team that has won just once since the start of the calendar year. The last-place Hokies (9-18, 2-13) had a strong start to the second half and got within seven points, but never seriously threatened what would have been an improbable comeback in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils finished the game shooting 39 percent, including 10 for 33 from 3-point range — well below their ACC-leading 40.7 percent from 3-point land.
Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford on Tuesday named 44 student-athletes who have been selected for the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, including three student-athletes who will receive the Thacker Award.
Blue Devils all-American candidate Alexis Jones is done for the year with a torn ACL.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Marshall Plumlee, the only true center on the roster, is expected to get more floor time.
ACC commissioner John Swofford said officials had to make a tough "judgement call" in the Syracuse-Duke game.
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BOEHEIM'S 2 LATE TECHNICALS HELP LIFT NO. 5 DUKE PAST NO. 1 SYRACUSE 66-60
End of game situations haven’t always been kind to Duke’s Rodney Hood this season.
The Blue Devils first game against Syracuse, earlier this month, is a prime example when his contested dunk attempt didn’t go down.
Saturday night offered another chance, this time on defense, and the Blue Devils sophomore captain stood strong and tall.
With Duke up a basket and 10.4 seconds left, Hood slid into position to stop Syracuse forward C.J. Fair’s drive and induce a charging call that cemented No. 5 Duke’s 66-60 over the No. 1-ranked Orange in ACC basketball at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The play, with Duke up 60-58, gave the ball back to the Blue Devils (22-6, 11-4 in ACC play) but that was only the start of it. Syracuse Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim’s objections to what he called “the worst call of the year” earned him two technical fouls and his first career regular-season ejection.
Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim of Syracuse was ejected with 10.4 seconds left after disputing a block/charge call that went against star C.J. Fair. The ensuing technical foul shots sealed No. 5 Duke’s 66-60 win over the top-ranked Orange.
Duke’s basketball team met with Blue Devil coaches Friday at the nexus of a tight preparation window. Less than 24 hours earlier, the Blue Devils saw an 11-point, second-half lead disappear in a 74-66 loss at rival North Carolina. In a little more than 24 hours, No. 5 Duke would take the court against No. 1 Syracuse, the only other team to beat the Blue Devils in their last 11 games.
Almost 36 hours after students rushed the court to celebrate a 74-66 win over No. 5 Duke, UNC will be back at the Smith Center today to take on Wake Forest (12:07 p.m., WRAL).
What had been an 11-point Duke lead with 15 minutes to play slowly melted away and the Tar Heels beat Duke 74-66 at the Smith Center.
BIG SECOND HALF RALLY FROM 11-POINT HOLE LIFTS HEELS PAST NO. 5 DEVILS
Marcus Paige scored all 13 of his points in the second half as UNC beat Duke 74-66 on Thursday.
Leslie McDonald added a season-high 21 points for the Tar Heels (19-7, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who rallied from 11 down in the second half to snap a two-game home losing streak to the Blue Devils (21-6, 10-4).
The Tar Heels shot 47 percent and even made their last 10 free throws in the final 6 minutes after a disastrous start at the line, providing a rousing finish befitting the long-running rivalry.
Jabari Parker and Quinn Cook both scored 17 points to lead Duke, which led 51-40 with about 15 minutes left before going ice cold from the field. The Blue Devils missed 13 straight shots and went scoreless for 6 minutes at one point, helping the Tar Heels climb their way back into the game.
Duke shot 36 percent (11 for 31) after halftime and finished 5 for 22 from 3-point range for the game.
Unlike other top teams around the country, Blue Devils have the talent on the bench to keep fresh players on the court.
Tricia Liston scored 24 points and No. 7 Duke held on to beat No. 14 N.C. State 83-70 on Thursday night.
No. 7-ranked Duke (23-3, 10-2 ACC) will conclude a three-game homestand against its third straight top-14 ranked opponent Thurday (6:30 p.m., ESPN2) as the Blue Devils host 14th-ranked N.C. State (22-4, 9-3) in an ACC women’s basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.