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Yellow Jackets top tired Duke

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech was a team on a mission. It showed.

Duke was just plain tired. That showed, too.

Gani Lawal scored 21 points, including a crucial shot with just over a minute remaining, and No. 20 Georgia Tech bounced back from a dismal loss with a 71-67 upset of the fifth-ranked Blue Devils on Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets avoided an 0-2 start in conference play and made up for Tuesday's 73-66 loss to state-rival Georgia, a team that doesn't have nearly as much as talent.

"This was a great bounce-back win," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "The guys were really disappointed about that game the other night."

Lawal worked the boards hard, putting back two straight misses during one pivotal stretch, and Georgia Tech (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) went ahead for good on yet another hustle play. Zachery Peacock grabbed an airball under the basket and flipped in a shot that put Georgia Tech ahead 62-60 with 1:52 remaining.

After Kyle Singler missed again for Duke (13-2, 1-1) on a three-pointer — the junior forward was 2 for 13 from the field — Lawal knocked down an awkward turnaround jumper from about 10 feet to give the Yellow Jackets some breathing room.

"I've practiced that shot. I knew it was good when it left my hand," Lawal said. "I told the guys, 'Just find a way to get me the ball."'

The Blue Devils were stymied by a miserable performance beyond the arc (6 for 28 on three-pointers), had their slim depth exposed by foul trouble (Lance Thomas picked up his fifth with more than 10 minutes left, three other players finished with four) and didn't provide star Jon Scheyer much help.

The point guard followed up a 31-point effort against Iowa State with another strong showing. He scored 25 points and chipped in with six assists. But Mason Plumlee, with 10 points off the bench, was the only other Duke player in double figures.

"Jon had a good game," Singler said. "But we kind of rely on him too much. We have to do a better job of helping him out."

The Blue Devils were playing their third game in a week, and it showed. After a pair of 21-point wins over Clemson and Iowa State, they seemed to run out of steam against a Georgia Tech team with superior depth.

"They were fresher than we were," said coach Mike Krzyzewski, whose team had been on a seven-game winning streak. "They wore us down some. That can tell in the shooting, when your legs aren't completely there."

DUKE (13-2): Singler 2-13 3-4 9, Mi.Plumlee 4-4 0-2 8, Thomas 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 4-10 0-0 9, Scheyer 8-19 6-7 25, Ma.Plumlee 5-6 0-1 10, Dawkins 1-3 0-0 2, Kelly 0-1 0-0 0, Zoubek 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 26-60 9- 14 67.

GEORGIA TECH (12-3): Favors 2-6 3-4 7, Lawal 8-9 5-6 21, Udofia 3-8 4-6 13, Shumpert 1-9 5-6 8, Bell 2-5 0-0 4, Foreman 0-0 0-0 0, Oliver 2-3 0-0 5, Peacock 3-11 5-6 11, Rice Jr. 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 22-53 22-28 71.

Halftime—Duke 35-29. 3-Point Goals—Duke 6-28 (Scheyer 3-13, Singler 2-8, Smith 1-4, Kelly 0-1, Dawkins 0-2), Georgia Tech 5-14 (Udofia 3-6, Oliver 1-2, Shumpert 1-3, Bell 0-1, Peacock 0-2). F ouled Out—Thomas. Rebounds—Duke 32 (Ma.Plumlee 6), Georgia Tech 38 (Lawal 9). Assists—Duke 15 (Scheyer 6), Georgia Tech 7 (Shumpert 3). Total Fouls—Duke 24, Georgia Tech 17. A—9,191.

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