NCAAB Game Recap - Duke at Virginia Tech
Fri Dec 6, 2019 7:00 PM EST

Pitt
46
Lou
64
F
Iowa
91
Mich
103
F
Duke
77
VaTec
63
F
ChiSt
74
TNSt
80
F
Colum
65
Bry
67
F
CarBi
70
GaSo
100
F
TN-M
75
CenMI
84
F
Prov
61
URI
75
F
S NO
74
SeLA
79
F
Dart
44
SoFL
63
F
(N/A)
79
SDak
94
F
(N/A)
50
TexPA
92
F
MsVl
62
MOSt
86
F
SFA
68
Alab
78
F
IdaSt
65
Pepp
77
F
N DA
70
Mont
77
F
USC
80
TCU
78
F
CalLu
40
UCRiv
74
F
CSNor
67
PorSt
73
F

Dec 6, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(10) Duke (9-1)

38

39

77

Virginia Tech (6-3)

41

22

63

Tre Jones, No. 10 Duke rally past Virginia Tech 77-63
Fri Dec 6, 2019 10:13 PM

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) �� Tre Jones was pleased that when No. 10 Duke fell behind early at Virginia Tech, the Blue Devils showed composure and gradually worked their way back.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski was glad he had Jones to lead the way.

“They follow his lead,” Krzyzewski said after Jones scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half as Duke rallied to beat the Hokies 77-63 Friday night.

On a team with many prominent freshman, the sophomore point guard said seeing his teammates respond in the right way was “huge for us tonight just like on Tuesday" when the Blue Devils won 87-75 at Michigan State. “Another big road game. A big crowd. In past years we've struggled here.”

Freshmen Vernon Carey Jr. and Wendell Moore Jr. added 12 points each for the Blue Devils (9-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had lost three in a row in Cassell Coliseum. They used runs of 12-2 just after halftime and 12-3 a short time later to take command after trailing for almost the entire first half.

“We played an outstanding 18 minutes in the second half,” Krzyzewski said, “although I'll say this: We played an outstanding 12 minutes in the first half to stay in the game.”

P.J. Horne scored 15 points to lead the Hokies (6-3, 1-1), who lost their third in a row and ended their three-game home winning streak against the Blue Devils. Wabisa Bede and Tyrece Radford added 12 points each.

The Hokies made 10 of their first 14 shots and led by 12 early, but Duke slowly climbed back. The early 12-2 run in the second half gave them their first lead, 50-47, since the opening minute. After Virginia Tech pulled even at 52 on Horne's 3-pointer with 11:10 remaining, the Blue Devils scored 12 of the next 15 points and gradually pulled away.

Jones had four in that latter burst, which ended with the Blue Devils ahead 62-55.

“Tre Jones is so disruptive. He's made great progress with his game offensively but he is a mean dude defensively,” Hokies first-year coach Mike Young said.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: The Blue Devils came in averaging seven 3-pointers and had three by the time Carey scored his first point (9:24 into the game) and six by halftime. Virginia Tech had 10 field goals before the game was 10 minutes old, and it took Duke 15 minutes to make 10 shots. Five of them were 3s, though, to keep the score close.

Virginia Tech: Landers Nolley II is the Hokies' leading scorer (20 ppg) and is second on the team in assists. He had three first-half assists, each time feeding a teammate for an easy lay-in when the defense came toward him. But Nolley had an otherwise pedestrian night, finishing with seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and nine of their 14 turnovers. He also was called for a flagrant foul with the Hokies trailing 66-57 with 4:34 to play.

“I think they got up under his chin, and I didn't think he handled it very well,” Young said.

STREAK ENDS

Carey arrived on a streak of seven double-doubles but played just 15 minutes and grabbed only five rebounds as Duke went with a smaller lineup.

UP NEXT

The Blue Devils don't play again until Dec. 19 at home against Wofford.

The Hokies are at home against next Wednesday against Chattanooga.

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Leaders

Duke PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Stanley 0 0 2 2 0 0
T. Jones 15 0 4 6 1 0
Virginia Tech PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
H. Cattoor 0 0 0 0 0 0
P. Horne 15 0 0 6 0 2

Team Comparison

Duke VaTec
Points For 77 63
Field Goals 30/63-48% 27/56-48%
Three Pointers 7/26-27% 5/20-25%
Free Throws 10/10-100% 4/6-67%
Offensive Rebounds 8 7
Defensive Rebounds 24 24
Rebounds 32 31
Blocks 4 2
Steals 8 2
Turnovers 7 14
Personal Fouls 11 6
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Duke Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Dec 6 Duke 77 @ VaTec 63 J. Baker 2 J. Ojiako 2

Game Information

Stadium: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia
Attendance: 9,275
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