Originally created 02/22/01

Duke tops Tech 98-54



DURHAM, N.C. - Jason Williams scored 25 points, and Shane Battier had 16 Wednesday night as No. 4 Duke handed Georgia Tech its most lopsided loss in 29 years, 98-54.

Duke (24-3, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 88 of 89 against unranked opponents, including 24 in straight. The 44 points was Duke's largest margin of victory this season.

Georgia Tech (15-10, 7-7), which had won five of its past seven, had its worst loss since falling 118-73 to North Carolina on Feb. 12, 1972.

Battier, who had his No. 31 jersey retired in a ceremony before the game, had a turnover on Duke's first possession and missed his first three shots but ignited two key first-half runs.

Battier had a steal that led to a dunk and a three-point play, followed by a long 3-pointer that capped a 14-0 run midway through the first half. That put the Blue Devils up 29-15 as the crowd at Cameron Indoor Stadium bowed toward Battier.

Battier started a 7-0 run to end the first half with a blocked shot that led to a 3-pointer by Chris Duhon. That sequence was part of a 20-5 run to close out the half as Duke built a 54-30 lead. Duhon ended the run with a steal and a three-point play with 18 seconds left.

Battier also had seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

Georgia Tech had 20 turnovers and made just 10 of 36 shots in the first half.

It got worse for the Yellow Jackets at the start of the second half.

Georgia Tech had three turnovers and missed three shots in its first six possessions as Duke scored the first 13 points. Mike Dunleavy had consecutive 3-pointers during the run, the second making the score 61-30 and sending the crowd into a chant of "More than double." Dunleavy finished with 18 points.

Duke's Carlos Boozer and Casey Sanders combined to frustrate Georgia Tech center Alvin Jones all night. Jones, the Yellow Jackets' leading scorer at 14.5 points per game, had five on 2-for-9 shooting and had four turnovers.

Tony Akins led Georgia Tech with 19 points, but hit just six of 17 shots. He spent most of the first half talking trash to Williams, but was decidedly more quiet in the second half.

Williams made eight of 14 shots, including 4-for-9 from 3-point range, and had six assists.