Duke loses again
Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 11, 2007
By Paul Newberry
ATLANTA — Javaris Crittenton wasn’t about to let Georgia Tech lose to Duke again.
The freshman guard made all the big plays down the stretch and led the Yellow Jackets to just their second win over the 11th-ranked Blue Devils in the past decade, 74-63 Wednesday night.
Ra’Sean Dickey scored a season-high 21 points and Anthony Morrow added 19, but it was Crittenton who came through when it mattered most. He scored nine of his 11 points in the final 31/2 minutes.
“I never give up,” said Crittenton, who came up with a huge steal that helped stymie a Duke comeback. “No matter how I’m playing, I just want to do whatever it takes to help my team win.”
Duke (13-3, 0-2 ACC) lost its second straight, failing to bounce back from a shocking home loss to Virginia Tech, and is off to its worst start in the league since 1996.
“Just because you’re at Duke doesn’t mean you inherit winning,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “You inherit money — you don’t inherit knowing how to win. We’ve got to learn how to do that.”
Georgia Tech (12-4, 1-2 ACC) defeated the Blue Devils at Alexander Memorial Coliseum for the first time since ’96. Duke had won 21 of 22 before a loss that sent the Georgia Tech student body charging onto the court for a raucous celebration.
“It’s huge for me,” said Morrow, a native of Charlotte, N.C. “Someone was telling me after the game, ‘It’s a good win, but you need to calm down. It’s just one win.’ But I can’t calm down. It’s my first time beating Duke. I feel great.”
Jon Scheyer led Duke with 16 points. They s went 4-of-20 on 3-pointers and couldn’t take advantage of 28 turnovers by Georgia Tech.
Duke fell to 0-2 in the ACC for the first time since losing its first four conference games in 1996.
“I thought we played hard,” Krzyzewski said. “You don’t get 28 turnovers if you’re not playing hard. But we’ve been struggling all year long to score. We’re still struggling to score.”