No Bailout For Duke In DC

Earlier this month the Blue Devils suffered a let down in effort and execution in losing by double figures at NC State. Since that time Coach Mike Krzyzewski had rallied his team and had started building momentum after big wins over Clemson and Florida State. Until Saturday when Georgetown obliterated Duke in front of a national television audience.

Once again Duke junior forward Kyle Singler's offensive struggles showed up. The 6'9 Oregon prospect missed 10 shots against Georgetown, finishing 4-of-14 from the floor for 18 points.

Singler wasn't the only Blue Devil who couldn't find his range. Senior Jon Scheyer connected on 5-of-13 shots. Nolan Smith? He finished 6-of-15 from the field. In total Duke's "big three" missed a total of 27 shots against Georgetown.

Meanwhile the Hoyas, as a team, missed 13 shots. Total. Throw out Georgetown's average three point shooting and Coach John Thompson's offensive game plan torched Duke's defense to the tune of 27-of-33 (.818).

With numbers like that it's no wonder that Thompson earned his 200th career victory as the Hoyas blew out the Blue Devils, 89-77.

The 12 point final margin is somewhat deceiving as Duke managed to to close the game on a 7-0 run after Jason Clark's dunk with a minute remaining made it 89-70 off an assist from Greg Monroe.

Monroe, who at one time was Duke's top recruiting target in the class of 2008, made sure the Blue Devils felt the full effect of his decision on Saturday. The 6'11 sophomore finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, five assist, and three steals. A stat line better than all of Duke's post players combined.

For all of Monroe's effectiveness inside, his runningmates were just as good. Austin Freeman added 20 points and four assists while point guard Chris Wright scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting while dishing out five assists.

Duke, which trailed by 13 at halftime, simply couldn't respond or match the Hoyas energy. They mounted a feeble rally to start the second half with a pair of three pointers by Jon Scheyer and Kyle Sinlger, but soon committed a pair of costly turnovers that allowed Georgetown to rebuild the lead to 13 and beyond.

The Hoya win leaves the all-time series between the two programs dead even at eight wins apiece. Having dropped yet another road game - the fourth in five attempts - Duke will once again return to the friendly confines of Cameron Indoor Stadium looking to rebound against Georgia Tech on Thursday night.


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