NCAAB Game Recap - Duke at Georgia Tech
Wed Jan 8, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Duke
73
GaTec
64
F
Kansas
79
IaSt
53
F
Vand
79
Aub
83
F
SDSU
72
Wyo
52
F
FlaSt
78
Wake
68
F
Hamp
73
USC-Up
83
F
Campbl
64
UNCA
62
F
StJon
66
GTown
87
F
Tuls
44
Cin
75
F
Pitt
73
UNC
65
F
ND
68
NCSU
73
F
Brad
72
Evans
52
F
MisSt
69
Alab
90
F
Hartfo
80
UMassL
68
F
UMBC
75
Bingha
79
F
Winth
79
HiPt
57
F
Radf
67
GWebb
64
F
WCU
97
VMI
85
F
Stony
81
Vermt
77
F
Furm
73
Chat
66
F
Duques
78
StJos
60
F
David
58
URI
69
F
Maine
51
UNH
57
F
ETSU
64
UNCG
57
F
LaSal
69
UMass
77
F
HolyC
64
Lafy
82
F
NW
62
Ind
66
F
StBon
61
GMas
49
F
Maris
70
Fairf
58
F
LoyMD
70
Colg
92
F
Navy
60
Buck
56
F
Leh
67
Boston
84
F
Amer
68
Army
60
F
TXAMC
73
SFA
72
F
Woff
67
Samf
62
F
SeLA
62
SamH
67
F
Longw
74
ChaSo
56
F
UCF
74
SMU
81
F
NWSt
72
InWor
66
F
NebOm
66
N DA
62
F
IPFW
77
W IL
69
F
GrgWas
58
StLou
63
F
CenAR
78
NOrl
86
F
Nich
61
Lamar
52
F
McNee
88
AbCh
84
F
Seton
83
Xav
71
F
Tul
61
UConn
67
F
SDSt
80
Denv
68
F
UNLV
66
Bois
73
F
Ill
71
Wisc
70
F
Okla
72
Tex
62
F
Ark
77
LSU
79
F
UCSB
63
CAPoly
45
F
CBap
83
CSBak
75
F
Nev
68
SJSU
70
F
LongB
77
CSNor
95
F

Jan 8, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(2) Duke (14-1)

40

33

73

Georgia Tech (7-8)

29

35

64

Jones leads No. 2 Duke to 73-64 victory over scrappy Ga Tech
Thu Jan 9, 2020 12:49 AM

ATLANTA (AP) Duke has now gone a decade without losing to Georgia Tech.

A defensive clampdown kept the streak going.

Tre Jones scored 16 points on his 20th birthday, including two key baskets down the stretch, and No. 2 Duke held off the Yellow Jackets 73-64 on Wednesday night.

The Blue Devils (14-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended their winning streak to eight in a row - and their firm hold on this series goes back much further. Georgia Tech (7-8, 2-3) has lost 13 straight to Duke since its last victory over the Blue Devils on Jan. 9, 2010.

"We really sat down on the defensive end those last few possessions," Jones said. "Our defense, once again - it seems like we say this game after game, but it's so true - it's definitely what's giving us the wins right now."

At the offensive end, Jones hit a pull-up jumper that snapped a 61-all tie with 4:17 remaining, putting the Blue Devils ahead to stay. With just under 2 1/2 minutes left, he knocked down a floater in the lane that extended the edge to 68-64.

Quite a gift to himself.

"Today being my birthday, I wanted to play a great game," Jones said. "I didn't have the best game, I would say, but down the stretch I just feel so comfortable with the ball in my hands. The coaches are calling plays for me, believing in me, trusting in me. I just took what the defense gave me."

The Yellow Jackets rallied from a double-digit deficit but couldn't make a basket in the closing minutes, missing 14 of their last 15 shots.

Their last hoop came with 5:20 remaining.

"We probably got a little tired because we exerted so much energy to get back in the game," Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said. "It's hard when you get yourself down to a good team like this. You lose your margin of error. We missed lot of short shots at the rim."

Joe Alvarado paced Georgia Tech with 18 points. James Banks scored 14 points, grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds and swatted away seven shots.

"A loss is a loss," Banks said. "No one in our locker room is saying, `Aw, that's the No. 2 team and we hung in with them.' We wanted to win. A statement loss is not a thing."

Cassius Stanley and Vernon Carey Jr. added 14 points apiece for Duke.

"They knocked us back at the beginning of each half, and our kids responded," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Our kids showed some amazing toughness. They really hung in there."

Duke appeared to take control with a 12-0 run late in the first half. All six baskets in the outburst were layups or dunks, three of them set up by Georgia Tech turnovers.

The Yellow Jackets went more than four minutes without scoring and suddenly found themselves down 34-22 in a game they led throughout much of the opening period.

Duke went to the locker room with a 40-29 edge after Jones slipped under the basket to tip in a missed 3-pointer by Matthew Hurt, the ball dropping through the hoop just as the red light came on.

Coming off a 13-point victory at North Carolina, Georgia Tech did its best to impress a rare sellout crowd at McCamish Pavilion. A massive line of students wrapped halfway around the 8,600-seat arena, stretching thin a security staff and ticket-scanners who weren't used to handling these sort of turnouts.

In the end, the Yellow Jackets couldn't finish off a feat they have not accomplished since 2009-10 - beating Duke and North Carolina in the same season.

COLLECTIVE EFFORT

Senior forward Javin DeLaurier gave the Blue Devils some key minutes late in the game. He provided a boost at the defensive end and also made two free throws with just under a minute to go to help seal the victory.

"It's the way our team has been," Krzyzewski said. "It's like a collection of guys hopefully doing enough to come up with a big-time win."

TIP-INS

Duke: Played without freshman Wendell Moore Jr., who underwent surgery after breaking his right hand in a victory over Miami last weekend. The 6-foot-6 forward will miss extensive time but is expected to return this season.

Georgia Tech: Michael Devoe, who came into the game leading the Yellow Jackets in scoring at 16.9 points a game, had a tough night. He finished 3 of 11 from the field, including 1 for 6 beyond the arc. The one he'll really be kicking himself for was an open 3 that would've given Georgia Tech a 67-66 lead with less than three minutes to go. It clanged off the rim and went high over the backboard. The Yellow Jackets went scoreless the rest of the way.

UP NEXT

Duke: Returns home to face Wake Forest on Saturday.

Georgia Tech: Heads north to face Boston College on Saturday.

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Leaders

Duke PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Baker 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Jones 16 0 7 8 3 1
Georgia Tech PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Moore 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Usher 0 0 1 1 0 0

Team Comparison

Duke GaTec
Points For 73 64
Field Goals 28/54-52% 23/64-36%
Three Pointers 6/12-50% 5/16-31%
Free Throws 11/21-52% 13/15-87%
Offensive Rebounds 7 16
Defensive Rebounds 23 23
Rebounds 33 43
Blocks 7 7
Steals 8 8
Turnovers 14 17
Personal Fouls 17 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 8 Duke 73 @ GaTec 64 J. Goldwire 2 E. Cole 2

Game Information

Stadium: McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 8,600
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