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Duke continues to struggle, falls on the road to Georgia Tech in ACC opener

Steve Wiseman, The News & Observer on

Published in Basketball

ATLANTA — No. 7 Duke’s bad week on the road got worse Saturday.

The Blue Devils lost their second game in a row, 72-68 to Georgia Tech, and also lost starting point guard Tyrese Proctor to a leg injury.

Baye Ndongo, a 6-9 freshman from Senegal, scored 21 points for Georgia Tech. That included two baskets on lob passes that erased Duke’s 68-66 lead and turned the game in Georgia Tech’s favor for good.

The Yellow Jackets (4-2, 1-0 ACC) posted their second consecutive win over a ranked opponent. They beat No. 21 Mississippi State, 67-59, on Tuesday night.

Proctor was injured less than two minutes into the game as Duke fell behind by 10 points early. The Blue Devils trailed by as many as 11 in the second half before rallying to take a 68-66 lead on a Kyle Filipowski basket with 1:36 to play.

But the Blue Devils (5-3, 0-1 ACC) didn’t score again.

 

Jeremy Roach led Duke with 20 points. Caleb Foster and Filipowski had 12 each. Mark Mitchell scored 11 points.

Miles Kelly had 16 points and Kowacie Reeves 14 points for the Yellow Jackets.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

3-point shooting hurts Duke again

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