The Duke Blue Devils moved to 2-1 in the ACC and 4-2 overall with a 41-23 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
The game was far from pretty but the Blue Devils did what it takes to hold off the Yellow Jackets.
Duke reeled off 38 straight points in the 1st half after Georgia Tech took the opening drive for a score.
The scoring started off with a 33 yards AJ Reed field goal which was the first of two for the game.
True freshman wideout Eli Pancol would later score on a 3 yard run for his third score of the season.
Duke running back Deon Jackson would add two short running scores of 1 and 7 yards. Duke QB Quentin Harris added a one-yard plunge after a career-high rush from Manteo Durant.
Georgia Tech would rebound for a quick score before the half on a James Graham 8 yard run to make the half time score 38-14.
Duke came out flat as a pancake in the 2nd half. Georgia Tech quickly added a field goal to cut the lead to 38-17. Duke added an AJ Reed FG, he has yet to miss for the season.
The Yellow Jackets then scored 8 play 41 yard drive a blocked punt to make it Duke 41-23.
The Blue Devils have struggled of late to put forth a consistent effort and they now must travel to Virginia. The Cavaliers have had the Blue Devils number and Duke will be the underdog in Charlottesville.
Duke, UNC, and Virginia all 2-1 in the league are currently all tied atop the contention crowded Coastal Division.
GREENSBORO - The Duke Blue Devils are headed to the ACC Tournament Championship game with74-66 a victory over a pesky Georgia Tech team. The Blue Devils dominated the paint area outscoring the Yellow Jackets by a 28-16 margin in the paint.
The Yellow Jackets cut a large Duke lead down to 2 with 7:10 left, but Duke bounced back on back to back baseline buckets from Karima Christmas and Haley Peters and then another Christmas lay in and then one from Thomas which sparked an 8-2 run and that edge carried the Blue Devils through to victory.
Karima Christmas had a monster game for the winners throwing in a team high 20 points to go with 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists. When Duke needed a bucket or a play she seemed will to take on that role.
The Blue Devils came out red hot in the first half shooting an impressive 68,2% from the field and that effort ranks 7th in the schools history. Duke enjoyed a 13-5 edge off turnovers as well despite the Yellow Jackets vaunted press.
Jasmine Thomas added 12 points, while Chelsea Gray tossed in 10 as the only double figure scorers save the aforementioned Christmas. Once again, Coach P played 10 players but her bench got a bit shorter via minutes played for some players which is a combination a shortened bench and match ups.
With the win Duke goes to 28-3 on the season and they play the winner of the North Carolina-Miami game at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. That said, let's have a nice turnout to support the Blue Devils in Greensboro tomorrow.
Check back for videos. We had a hard time downloading them in Greensboro but will try when we get to Chapel Hill for tonight's men's game.
DURHAM - BDN spoke to Mason Plumlee in the Duke locker room after his team scored a 79-57 win over Georgia Tech in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Plumlee is averaging over 10 rebounds a game in conference play and he scored 9 points and 9 rebounds for the second straight game. Plumlee dished 3 assists as well.