Duke drops Georgia Tech

Duke 81, Georgia Tech 74
Duke forward Ryan Kelly (left) drives to the basket against Georgia Tech's Julian Royal. Kelly had 21 points in the victory.

 

ATLANTA — Ryan Kelly scored 21 points, Seth Curry added 15 and No. 5 Duke beat Georgia Tech 81-74 on Saturday.

Duke (13-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) avoided consecutive defeats for the first time since Feb. 11 and Feb. 15, 2009.

Glen Rice Jr. scored a season-high 28 points and Mfon Udofia finished with 19 points for Georgia Tech (7-8, 0-1 ACC). The Yellow Jackets, who never led, have lost four in a row.

 

CLEMSON 79, FLORIDA STATE 59

In Clemson, S.C., Andre Young scored 18 points, Milton Jennings added 15 points and Clemson started Atlantic Coast Conference play with a victory over Florida State.

The Tigers (9-6, 1-0) took control of this one early with a 20-0 run in the first half as the Seminoles (9-7, 0-1) struggled to find any offense.

 

NO. 3 NORTH CAROLINA 83, BOSTON COLLEGE 60

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Harrison Barnes scored 25 points and North Carolina opened Atlantic Coast Conference play by pulling away to beat Boston College for its eighth consecutive win.

Tyler Zeller added 20 points for the Tar Heels (14-2, 1-0).

Matt Humphrey scored 14 points and Ryan Anderson added 13 for Boston College (5-10, 0-1).

 

NO. 21 VIRGINIA 52, MIAMI 51

In Charlottesville, Va., Mike Scott scored 23 points and Virginia (14-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) held off a rally to beat Miami (9-5, 0-1) for the Cavaliers’ 12th consecutive win.

 

WAKE FOREST 58, VIRGINIA TECH 55

In Winston-Salem, N.C., C.J. Harris hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute, including the go-ahead shot with 16.9 seconds left, to help Wake Forest (10-5, 1-0) hold off Virginia Tech (11-4, 0-1).

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