(8) Duke 64

(22-4, 10-1 ACC)

(19) Georgia Tech 50

(20-7, 6-5 ACC)

    8:30 PM ET, February 19, 2010

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    #8DUKE 20 4464
    #19GT 21 2950

    Top Performers

    Duke: J. Thomas 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Georgia Tech: D. Foster 15 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Thomas scores 20 to help Blue Devils keep streak alive

    Associated Press

    ATLANTA -- Jasmine Thomas and Duke needed a little time to get up to full speed against Georgia Tech.

    Thomas scored 20 points and Duke (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) took charge in the second half to beat Georgia Tech (No. 19 AP) for the 30th straight time, 64-50 on Friday night.

    The Yellow Jackets haven't beaten Duke since a 61-56 home victory Feb. 27, 1994.

    "We've got to figure out how to beat Top 10 teams." Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph said.

    Duke (22-4, 10-1 ACC) led by 10 points midway through the first half and by eight early in the second, but the Blue Devils couldn't take the lead for good until a 14-2 run gave them a 51-40 advantage with just over 5 minutes remaining.

    "We came out in the second half playing our kind of basketball," said Thomas, a junior guard who is one point shy of 1,000 for her career. "It's a battle whenever we play [Georgia Tech], but we've been able to do whatever it takes to win."

    Duke got a lift off the bench as Krystal Thomas scored eight of her 10 second-half points during the decisive stretch. Karima Christmas, another reserve, also had 10 points for the Blue Devils.

    Deja Foster had 15 points for Georgia Tech (20-7, 6-5) and Brigitte Ardossi added 14, going 4-for-16 from the floor. The Yellow Jackets shot 34.0 percent and had 27 turnovers. Second-leading scorer Alex Montgomery made just one of eight shots.

    "It was a great defensive battle," said Duke coach Joanne McCallie, whose team leads the ACC in most defensive categories.

    Duke led 15-5 midway in the first half as Georgia Tech missed 17 of its first 19 shots. But the Yellow Jackets then went on a 13-0 run over a seven-minute stretch and led 21-20 at halftime.

    "The stats were ugly in the first half," McCallie said.

    The Blue Devils, which had not trailed at intermission previously in an ACC game, shot 30.8 percent in the first half and committed 12 turnovers, while Georgia Tech made 25.0 percent of its shots and lost the ball 10 times.

    Duke shot 54.8 percent in the second half to finish at 43.9 percent and ended up with 22 turnovers.

    "We were more focused in the second half," McCallie said. "Jaz's leadership was outstanding."

    The Blue Devils, who lead No. 10 Florida State by a game in the ACC standings, host Maryland on Sunday. Georgia Tech, which lost to FSU on Monday, plays at Miami.

    "We did about as good a job as you can do defensively in the first half," Joseph said. "I was very disappointed with our effort in the second half."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 64 50
    FG Made-Attempted 25-57 (.439) 18-53 (.340)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-9 (.222) 1-7 (.143)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-13 (.923) 13-19 (.684)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 14 3

    Game Leaders

    PointsJ. Thomas 20D. Foster 15
    ReboundsK. Thomas 7B. Ardossi 8
    AssistsB. Mitchell 4D. Foster 5
    StealsK. Jackson 4S. Goodlett 3
    BlocksK. Jackson 2B. Ardossi 1

    2009-10 Season

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