Duke Survives Jackets Rally

The Duke Blue Devils moved to 4-0 and atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings holding off a second half Georgia Tech rally for a 73-64 on Wednesday evening in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Blue Devils outscored the Yellow Jackets 7-0 over the last 2:23 of the game to seal the win.

Duke used a balanced attack for an 18-2 run on 10-13 shooting to take a 40-29 lead over Georgia Tech after a slow start in the first half. But the Yellow Jackets played their heart out in this one and made it a game.

The Blue Devils were led in scoring by Tre Jones who was playing on his birthday and helped push Duke to an impressive 14-1 record. Jones ended the game with team high 16 points to go with 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals.

Vernon Carey battled through foul trouble to score 14 points and Cassius Stanley added 14 as well as for the Blue Devils scoring leaders.

Cassius Stanley had several key dunks in the game off Tre Jones assists.

"I was just connecting with Tre Jones, honestly, so playing with him is a blessing," said Stanley after the win.

Matthew Hurt coming off this past weeks ACC Rookie of the Week Award continued his consistent play of late tallying numbers of 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots. Hurt was 3-7 from the three point stripe.

Alex O'Connell added 9 points off the bench and Duke captain Jack White came in to hit a key three pointer which helped squelch the pesky Yellow Jackets.

With the win, the Blue Devils have now won 13 straight games over Georgia Tech. The Blue Devils now ride an eight-game winning steak into their next game with Wake Forest in Cameron Indoor Stadium this Saturday.

All in all, it was a solid win for the nation's second-ranked Blue Devils. The team played through some adversity while adjusting to life with the injured Wendell Moore. Duke survived a solid Georgia Tech effort for a road win and I am sure Mike Krzyzewski is happy with his teams effort.