Singler & Henderson Lead Duke Past Tech

Once again the Duke offense seemed dijointed and inefficient. Once again the Blue Devil defense was the deciding factor - forcing Georgia Tech into 18 turnovers as head coach Mike Krzyzewski's squad moved to 15-1 overall and 3-0 in ACC play.

Kyle Singler scored 19 points and added a career high 14 rebounds while Gerald Henderson added 19 and seven to help Duke methodically pull away for a seventh consecutive win despite the team's worst shooting game of the season. All told the Blue Devils shot just 23-of-59 (39%) from the floor and 33% from the perimeter.

The cold shooting extended to the free throw line where the Blue Devils - a 76% shooting team coming into the game - converted just 59%. That kind of efficiency must have seemed clinical to the Yellow Jackets who managed just 7-of-19 from the free throw line while committing 18 turnovers en route to another 0-3 ACC start.

Georgia Tech jumped on Duke early and led by as many as eight at 25-17 with 7:12 remaining when Alade Aminu converted a lay-up. From there the Duke defense coupled with Tech's inability to convert at the line and take care of the basketball would result in a 14-3 Blue Devil run to close the half.

The lead would shrink to two when Lance Storrs knocked down a three pointer from the left corner to make it 35-33 before Singler answered with a three of his own on the next possession and Georgia Tech would get no closer before folding down the stretch as Duke began to convert on the offensive end.

A lay-up by David McClure with 35 seconds remaining would give Duke its biggest lead at 70-53.

Junior Jon Scheyer, who epitimized Duke's woeful shooting for most of the evening, finished with 14 points on 3-of-13 shooting. Greg Paulus added eight points off the bench.

The Blue Devils return to action on Saturday when they host #12 Georgetown and one time recruiting target Greg Monroe in Cameron at 1:30 PM EST.


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