The No. 5 Duke Blue Devils (21-5, 10-3 ACC) were a team on a mission. They came, they saw, they conquered. It was pretty simple arithmetic as the Blue Devils built an early first half double-digit lead and cruised all the way in to the finish line for a 68-51 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (13-13, 4-9 ACC) at McCamish Pavilion on Tuesday night.
Georgia Tech’s backcourt players simply had no answers for the ball pressure that Duke was putting on them. The Blue Devils dictated what shots Tech was going to get for most of the game, and held the Jackets to 39% shooting for the contest.
Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker were also a little too much for the Jackets. Hood did his damage early in the game with nine of his 14 total points coming in the first half. Jabari Parker, though he plays out of position as the power forward, owned the middle this night with a 16 point and 14 rebound performance.
The Jackets simply could not overcome the pressure and three-point shooting of the Blue Devils all night. Coach K’s bunch forced Tech into 12 turnovers and shot 10 of 18 from beyond the three-point arc for the game.
Brian Gregory’s team just did not have the horses to stay close in this one. Trae Golden saw some time in the first half but was out for the entire second half of play. However, Robert Carter Jr. showed signs of progress with 13 points and eight rebounds. Kammeon Holsey also played decent going 5 of 8 for 12 points and Chris Bolden chipped in 10 points.
Georgia Tech falls to 13-13 on the year and 4-9 in conference play now. It is starting to look as like of all the injuries that they have suffered this year, Trae Golden’s groin injury is the most devastating. Without their floor general being able to go at 100%, and put pressure on opposing defenses with his ability to go to the rim off the dribble, Tech’s offense is looks real stagnant.
The Yellow Jackets are going to have to find some offensive answers by Saturday because another tough defensive team in the Clemson Tigers is coming to town. Tech is just going to have to weather the storm until they can get Golden back at full strength.
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