Blue Devils ease past Yellow Jackets

By Charles Odum

Associated Press

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ATLANTA – Jabari Parker had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 5 Duke rolled past Georgia Tech, 68-51, on Tuesday night.

Rodney Hood sank four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for Duke, which never trailed and led by double figures for the final 28 minutes. The Blue Devils (21-5, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won four straight and nine of 10.

Duke is in a hectic run of four games in eight days. The Blue Devils will play at North Carolina on Thursday before facing No. 1 Syracuse on Saturday. The North Carolina game was postponed on Feb. 12 because of a winter storm. The stretch began with a win at Maryland on Saturday.

Robert Carter Jr. led Georgia Tech (13-13, 4-9 ACC) with 13 points. Kammeon Holsey had 12, and Chris Bolden added 10.

Duke led 50-30 early in the second half before the Yellow Jackets cut the deficit to 52-40.

Hood’s 3-pointer, followed by Parker’s offensive rebound, basket and free throw for a three-point play, pushed the Blue Devils’ edge back to 18 points.

Georgia Tech couldn’t muster another comeback attempt.

After making only five of 24 3-pointers in Saturday’s 69-67 home win over Maryland, Duke made 10 of 18 3s against the Yellow Jackets. The Blue Devils, who lead the ACC in 3-point shooting, made six of their first eight 3s — including three by Hood — and pulled ahead 34-16.

Duke, which has lost twice on the road to unranked conference opponents Notre Dame and Clemson, was 3-3 in ACC road games before Tuesday.

Parker, who recorded the ninth double-double of his rookie season, and Hood helped make sure the Blue Devils were sharp from the opening minutes. Hood had three 3-pointers in the first six minutes, and the Blue Devils led 38-19.

Georgia Tech, which trailed by only one point at halftime of its 79-57 loss at Duke on Jan. 7, trailed 43-27 at the break of the rematch.

Rasheed Sulaimon had 11 points for Duke.

The crowd of 8,600 was Georgia Tech’s first sellout of the season.

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