Tigers relentless in rout of Devils

CLEMSON, S.C. --- Trevor Booker scored 21 points, Terrence Oglesby had five 3-pointers and No. 10 Clemson beat No. 4 Duke 74-47 on Wednesday night, the first time the Tigers had consecutive wins over the Blue Devils in 13 years.


Clemson (19-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a 20-8 run over the last eight minutes of the first half to take a 33-21 lead. The Tigers extended the lead to as many as 23 points.

Duke (19-3, 6-2) had won 22 in a row over Clemson -- most in blowout fashion -- since the Tigers won three in a row in the series during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons.

The Blue Devils' run of success ended last March in the ACC Tournament semifinals, when Clemson beat them 78-74. Booker and the Tigers made sure the regular-season streak ended at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Unlike last week when they fought back from 13 points down to tie Wake Forest in the final minute before losing 70-68, the Blue Devils had no response to Clemson's relentless attack.

Booker's two-handed jam with 8:16 left put Clemson up 61-39 -- and the celebration began at Littlejohn.

Fans mobbed the court when it was finished, joyously celebrating what they hadn't watched here since 1997 -- a Clemson win over Duke.

It was Clemson's biggest blowout of Duke since 1975, a 100-66 home victory.

Oglesby finished with 17 points and K.C. Rivers tied a Clemson record with seven steals.

Gerald Henderson led Duke with 16 points.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski spent most of the second half in his seat, hands over his mouth. Three times he subbed his entire squad to find a spark, but the Blue Devils never got closer than 20 points over the last nine minutes.

It was Duke's fewest points this season, and its lowest scoring performance since a 54-51 win over Indiana in 2006.

The loss at Wake Forest dropped Duke from No. 1.

This defeat might show the rest of the ACC what happens when you press the Blue Devils from start to finish.



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