Devils Roll Past Tech

J.J. Redick scored 26 as Duke rolled to an easy victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday

Sprawled on the court that bears his nickname, Mike Krzyzewski thought first about his wife and his three daughters.

But not so much about their worry or concern about his fall. Rather, he prepared himself for the endless teasing he knew he would receive.

"I've got to deal with that forever now," Coach K said with a smile.

The Duke coach bounced up quickly after a dizzy spell sent him to the floor in the first half, and the fourth-ranked Blue Devils went on to beat No. 25 Georgia Tech 82-65 Saturday.

J.J. Redick had 17 of his 26 points in the first half and Shelden Williams finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks for Duke (17-2, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which had lost two of its previous three games. That included a rare one at Cameron, where the Yellow Jackets (13-7, 4-5) ended the Blue Devils' 41-game home winning streak last season.

Daniel Ewing added 16 points, but clearly the focus in this one was on Krzyzewski, the 57-year-old coach celebrating his 25th season in Durham.

During a timeout 8{ minutes into the game, he was talking to one of the referees and suddenly fell to the floor at Coach K Court. Krzyzewski lay on his right side, facing his bench, but never lost consciousness.

"I don't know if it's ever happened to you, but when you get up real quick, sometimes you get lightheaded," he said. "Over my 30 years of coaching, it's happened a number of times. Normally, you just get up like that and you have your feet under you, and it's OK."

He jokingly blamed his lack of balance on the running shoes he was wearing instead of his normal loafers, part of a promotion for the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society.

Coaches around the country participated - including Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt and assistants on both teams - and many will auction the more casual shoes at alumni gatherings, donating the money to the fight against cancer.

Krzyzewski's might fetch top dollar now.

"I felt like a chump, like someone hit me with an air punch and I'm out," Krzyzewski said. "I'm thinking, 'What an idiot,' and I know I'm going to get it from my daughters and my wife. They have so much ammunition on me."

Krzyzewski was up and back in front of his players to complete the timeout.

"That was really scary," Blue Devils forward Shavlik Randolph said. "When he was on the floor, it's like seeing one of your family members there. But he came right back to the huddle and said, 'I'm all right."'

When referee Reginald Cofer later went to check on him, Krzyzewski took the opportunity to complain about the officiating, and Cofer walked away smiling.

The fall had little effect on the game. At the time, the Blue Devils led 15-12, and a dunk by Georgia Tech's Isma'il Muhammad later cut the lead to one. Redick started a run of nine unanswered points with a 3-pointer, and although the Yellow Jackets briefly rallied to within one, Duke kept control throughout.

"I just wanted to come out in the first half with a lot of energy and set the tone, and I think I did that," Redick said. "I was just trying to make plays all over the court."

A 17-4 spurt spanning halftime made it 51-37, and the margin never got under eight down the stretch.

"I thought they beat us to a lot of loose balls that made a big difference in the game," Hewitt said. "We're just not tough enough right now. I'm to blame as much as anybody, but to win on the road, you've got to show some toughness."

Georgia Tech has lost five of its last seven games, all without injured guard B.J. Elder (hamstring). He got hurt in an overtime loss at Kansas and missed his ninth straight game.

Jarrett Jack scored 18 points and Luke Schenscher had 11 for the Yellow Jackets.

"I don't know what we have to do as a whole to get everybody playing the same way," Jack said. "It's crunch time now, being that we're going into the latter stages of conference play, and if we want to make it to the (NCAA) tournament, we have to step it up."

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