Blue Devils Humble Hokies, 81-64

Another hotly contested game that featured several hard fouls and chippy plays. In the end, however, it was another Duke victory over the Virginia Tech behind the play of Kyle Singler who scored 16 to lead the Blue Devils to a 81-64 victory.

The victory moves Duke into sole possession of first place in the ACC regular season race at 4-0, and extends the team's win streak to six.

It wasn't easy as the two teams combined for 49 fouls and 52 free throw attempts in a physical affair that saw several scuffles and included a technical foul called on Duke's DeMarcus Nelson and an intentional foul called on Deron Washington.

The Hokies, who were without their second leading scorer and top rebounder, freshman Jeff Allen, couldn't counter Duke continual spurts, and eventually fell behind for good early in the second half thanks to Singler. After seeing Virginia Tech close to within 53-47, Duke scored seven straight points to put the game away with just over 12 minutes remaining.

Singler added a team high eight rebounds to his 16 points - becomming one of four Blue Devils in double figures, and one of six to score eight or more points. Gerald Henderson added 12, while Nelson and Greg Paulus added 10 apiece.

The loss drops Virginia Tech to 11-8 overall and 2-3 in conference play. The Hokies we led by A.D. Vassallo's 16 points and nine rebounds and Washington's 12 points and seven rebounds.

Duke returns to action this weekend with a trip to College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins.


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