- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 15, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 3 DUKE 70, GEORGIA TECH 56: Gerald Henderson and Kyle Singler scored 19 points each, and the Blue Devils (15-1, 3-0 ACC) overcame their worst shooting game of the season for their seventh straight victory, pulling away for a win over the sloppy Yellow Jackets (9-7, 0-3) on Wednesday night in Atlanta.

Duke was just 23-for-59 from the field, a 39 percent performance that would have been enough to get them beat on many nights. Not this one.

Georgia Tech turned it over 18 times, went only 7-for-19 from the free throw line and started with three straight ACC losses for the second straight season.

Lewis Clinch hit a 3-pointer that pulled the Yellow Jackets within 46-41 with a little more than eight minutes remaining. But Jon Scheyer hit twice from beyond the arc, and Henderson also swished a 3, stretching the margin far beyond comeback range for a team of Georgia Tech’s limited offensive skills.

Zachery Peacock, with 13 points, was the only player in double figures for the Yellow Jackets, who were a little more accurate from the field (41 percent) than they were from the line (37 percent).

Duke’s previous worst shooting effort was a 41 percent against Virginia Tech on Jan. 4. But the Blue Devils, who also started dismally at the line, hit enough free throws down the stretch to bury the Yellow Jackets.

No. 1 PITTSBURGH 75, S. FLORIDA 62: Tyrell Biggs was the Panthers’ leading scorer the first time in his career with 16 points, and host Pittsburgh (16-0, 4-0 Big East) struggled early for the second time in as many games since reaching No. 1 before pulling away to beat the Bulls (6-10, 1-3).

Sam Young scored 14 points, DeJuan Blair had 13 points and 18 rebounds and Levance Fields had 11 points as Pitt moved out to the third-best start in school history.

No. 2 WAKE FOREST 83, BOSTON COLLEGE 63: Jeff Teague scored 29 points and Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 with eight rebounds as the Demon Deacons (15-0, 2-0 ACC) followed an emotional victory over North Carolina with an easy win in Boston over the Eagles (13-5, 1-2), the only other team to beat the Tar Heels.

Wake Forest tied the best start in school history, matching a record set 82 years ago by the 1926-27 team.

NO. 7 MICHIGAN ST. 78, PENN ST. 73: Raymar Morgan scored 17 points, Kalin Lucas went 6-for-8 from the free throw line in the final two minutes and the Spartans (14-2, 4-0 Big Ten) built a big lead before holding off the Nittany Lions (13-5, 2-3) in State College, Pa.

Goran Suton added 13 points and 14 rebounds for Michigan State, which won its 10th straight.

TEXAS A&M 84, No. 21 BAYLOR 73: Chinemelu Elonu and Bryan Davis both scored 17 points and Elonu had 16 rebounds as the Aggies (15-2, 1-1 Big 12) got their first Big 12 win, over the Bears (13-3, 1-1) in College Station, Texas.

ILLINOIS 66, No. 25 MICHIGAN 51: Center Mike Tisdale scored 24 points and guard Demetri McCamey added 17 for the Illini (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) in their victory over the Wolverines (13-4, 3-2) in Champaign, Ill.

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