DURHAM, N.C. – No. 16 Duke debuted its lowest national ranking in six years – and spent half the game making a case for an even worse one. But once Rodney Hood got rolling, the Blue Devils were back on track.
Hood scored 15 of his 27 points in the second half of Duke’s 79-57 victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night.
Quinn Cook added 13 points and Jabari Parker had 12 on 4-of-12 shooting for the Blue Devils (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Playing their first game outside the top 10 since November 2007, they struggled for little more than a half before Hood helped them pull away for their 25th straight win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
We were dead in the first half. We didn’t play like we just came off a loss, Hood said. In the second half, we just came back and played hungry. We played together.
Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 18 points for the Yellow Jackets (9-6, 0-2), who shot 49 percent yet lost their second straight.
Some good things to build on, Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said. Not satisfied because six, seven possessions (are) the difference in these games, and we’ve got to tighten up those.
Rasheed Sulaimon scored 11 points for Duke.
No. 2 SYRACUSE 72, VIRGINIA TECH 52: In Blacksburg, Va., C.J. Fair scored 17 points to lead the Orange (15-0, 2-0 ACC), which was making its first visit to Cassell Coliseum since Jan. 30, 1978. C.J. Barksdale led the Hokies (8-6, 1-1) with 12 points.
No. 9 IOWA ST. 87, No. 7 BAYLOR 72: In Ames, Iowa, DeAndre Kane had a season-high 30 points with nine assists for the Cyclones (14-0, 2-0 Big 12), which set a school record with its 14th straight win. Gary Franklin and Brady Heslip both had 15 points for the Bears (12-2, 0-1).
No. 25 KANSAS ST. 65, TCU 47: In Fort Worth, Texas, Thomas Gipson scored 19 points and Marcus Foster added 16 as the Wildcats (12-3, 2-0 Big 12) ran their winning streak to 10 games. Amric Fields scored 14 points and Kyan Anderson added 12 for the Horned Frogs (9-5, 0-2).
N.C. STATE 77, NOTRE DAME 70: In South Bend, T.J. Warren scored 17 points and the Wolfpack (11-4, 1-1 ACC) outscored the Irish 23-9 at the free-throw.
It was the first loss in three games for the Irish (10-5, 1-1) since leading scorer Jerian Grant was dismissed from school for an academic violation.
No. 1 CONNECTICUT 90, HOUSTON 40: In Storrs, Conn., Breanna Stewart scored 24 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked six shots to lead the Huskies (16-0, 4-0 American), who tied a team record with 17 blocks.