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Jackets end Duke's 41-game home streak

3/4/2004

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Georgia Tech's athleticism and physical
defense put an end to Duke's long home winning streak Wednesday
night.

Luke Schenscher scored 14 points, including several key
second-half baskets, to lead the 19th-ranked Yellow Jackets to a
76-68 victory that snapped the third-ranked Blue Devils' 41-game
home winning streak.

Jarrett Jack had 15 points for the Yellow Jackets (21-8, 8-7
Atlantic Coast Conference), who had lost 15 straight to Duke. B.J.
Elder and Isma'il Muhammad each added 12 points to help the Yellow
Jackets beat the Blue Devils for the first time since the 1995-96
season.

"Over the years, Duke's been the elite team in the conference,
especially winning the tournament five years in a row," Jack said.
"Coming out and beating them on their home floor is a big
statement."

Duke (24-4, 12-3) lost at home for the first time since falling
to Maryland 91-80 in February 2001. Pittsburgh's 40-game home
winning streak was ended by Syracuse on Sunday, and the current
longest streak is 28 games by Wisconsin, Austin Peay and Stephen F.
Austin.

Georgia Tech gave Duke trouble from the start with its
athleticism, pushing the ball up the court and through the Blue
Devils' defense. The Yellow Jackets penetrated effectively for good
shots, shooting 51 percent and scoring 38 points in the paint.

In addition, Georgia Tech played physical man-to-man defense,
blocking 11 shots and holding the Blue Devils to 34 percent
shooting. Duke finished with 20 turnovers.

Duke led 16-14 midway through the first half, but the Yellow
Jackets went ahead to stay with a 17-3 run that gave them a
12-point lead. The Blue Devils managed to tie it midway through the
second half, but Georgia Tech continually answered Duke's spurts
with runs of their own.

As the final seconds ticked off, Marvin Lewis raised his arms
while Jack jumped around as he dribbled the ball. Once the horn
sounded, the Yellow Jackets' bench spilled onto the Cameron Indoor
Stadium court in celebration.

It was the highest-ranked opponent Georgia Tech had beaten on
the road since winning at No. 1 North Carolina in February 1994.
The Yellow Jackets had lost the three previous meetings here by 20,
25 and 44 points.

"To come in this building and play the way they did, I can't
tell you how proud I am and happy I am for them," said coach Paul
Hewitt, who earned his first win in eight tries against Duke. "We
came into this building the last three years and walked out of here
feeling pretty low."

J.J. Redick scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half for
the Blue Devils, while Chris Duhon had 11 points, seven assists and
seven steals. Freshman Luol Deng, who came in averaging 14.7 points
and 6.9 rebounds, had three points on 1-for-14 shooting.

Duke never had the edge that had carried them to lopsided wins
and dominating defensive performances here, even after coach Mike
Krzyzewski was whistled for a technical foul for arguing a non-call
in the first half.

The Blue Devils had already clinched at least a share of the ACC
regular season title for the sixth time in eight seasons, but a win
would have given it to them outright. They later ended up with that
title after second-place North Carolina State's lost 70-69 to
Maryland at home.

"They just wanted it more than us tonight, and it hurts to say
that," Duhon said. "For us to come and let another team want it
more than us, it's sickening.

"We should have been maniacs. Instead, we let our coach be the
maniac and we didn't respond to him. And we got what we deserved."

Redick went 4-for-9 from behind the arc in the second half, and
tied the game at 56 with a 3 from the left wing with 7:02 left.

But Elder put Georgia Tech back ahead with two free throws 8
seconds later. Schenscher then scored six straight points,
including a dunk off a feed from Lewis and a layup on a
pick-and-roll from Jack.

He also added a stickback, then made two free throws after
keeping a possession alive with an offensive rebound for a 67-60
lead with 3:19 left.

"(The guards) are doing their thing by getting by the defense
on the perimeter, which draws my defender," said Schenscher, who
had nine rebounds and four blocked shots. "And I just have to
finish off a good pass."

Duke cut the deficit to three on a layup by Duhon, but Jack
answered with a play that seemed to illustrate the Yellow Jackets'
dominance off the dribble. He took advantage of a defensive lapse,
weaving into the lane behind Deng -- who had his back turned -- for a
reverse layup and a 69-64 lead.

The Yellow Jackets went 7-for-8 from the free throw line over
the last 90 seconds to seal it.

"We never could match that intensity for 40 minutes,"
Krzyzewski said. "They just came in here and outplayed us."