No. 1 Duke gets past Southern

Elias Hubbard
November 19, 2017

On the ensuing corner, Duke played the ball into the box, and after a deflection, it fell to Taylor Racioppi, who fired it past Ongaro.

But that wasn't the case. Southern pulled down the offensive rebound and hit a three-pointer for its first points of the night.

With Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall rushing for 118 yards on 12 first-half carries, Georgia Tech put together scoring drives covering 75, 79 and 81 yards.

Kentucky bounced back from Tuesday's loss to Kansas by closing the first half on a 28-12 run to take a 36-30 lead. Allen hit 1 of 2 free throws before heading to the bench for treatment with the eye swelling nearly immediately. And with 5:39 left in the first half, the game was tied, 27-27.

The Duke coaching staff did not look happy on the bench.

Although the team struggled overall, it had stellar performances from some of its freshmen, like Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr.

Sunday's game versus Duke will be just the third all-time meeting between the Wildcats and Blue Devils.

Grayson Allen had 10 points after scoring a career-high 37 against the Spartans.

The second half wasn't much prettier.

The Jaguars were even at 27-27 with less than 51/2 minutes to play in the first half before Duke rattled off the next 10 points. "Played through some adversity and found a way to win the game". And on offense they took care of the basketball. Max Heidigger scored 24 points as the Gauchos stuck around after the Aggies built an early 16-point lead. He also added 11 rebounds and six blocks.

"We talked about just trying to get better, each and every game, and tonight we fought as a unit and tried to instill in those guys that if we continue to do that, by the time we get to league play. we can compete" for the Southwestern Athletic Conference title, interim head coach Morris Scott said.

That meant Duke had to have two days off this week, in between the games Tuesday and Friday. Capel missed Duke's game in Chicago after his dad, Jeff Capel Jr., died.

Percentages: FG.328, FT.667. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Sandfer 3-7, Mayo 2-2, Johnson 1-2, Lee 1-2, Reese 0-2, Thomas 0-2). For a team that has reasonable Final Four expectations, the tape will show plenty of teachable moments - starting with the turnovers, many of which were unforced.

The Blue Devils were 4-of-20 from the 3-point line and had 15 turnovers, with Allen going scoreless in the first 15 minutes of the game.

Georgia Tech (5-5, 4-4 ACC) will likely need a win versus a really strong Georgia team on rivalry weekend to make the postseason in traditional fashion. Blocked Shots: 10 (Carter 6, Bagley 2, DeLaurier, Vrankovic).

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