Bolden scores 20, Georgia Tech falls to No. 3 Duke Print
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Thursday, 17 January 2013 19:22
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 DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Georgia Tech freshman Chris Bolden nearly matched Duke's Seth Curry from the 3-point line. The problem was, he didn't get much help from anyone else.
Bolden scored 20 points - the most by a Yellow Jacket this season - but the third-ranked Blue Devils beat them 73-57 on Thursday night.
No other Georgia Tech player reached double figures, and while Bolden was 4 for 8 from beyond the arc, his teammates missed all eight of their 3-point attempts.
The Yellow Jackets (10-6, 0-4) had 21 turnovers in losing their fourth straight, remaining the only team winless in Atlantic Coast Conference play while falling to 5-32 at Cameron Indoor Stadium - where they have won just once since 1996.
``They have two of the premier players not only in the league but in the country,'' coach Brian Gregory said, referring to Curry and Mason Plumlee, ``and we couldn't stop them in the second half.''
Curry scored 24 points and matched a career high with six 3-pointers, while Plumlee finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds after going just 2 for 12 during an awful first half.
Duke (16-1, 3-1) shot 53 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes to bounce back from its only loss. It also snapped a three-game losing streak when playing without injured forward Ryan Kelly.
``The biggest thing is, we have to find a new identity because we are a different team'' without Kelly, Plumlee said. ``Whatever that is, we have to find it. We have to play to our strengths, and we're not the same team that was (15-0).''
Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon broke out of a slump with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting after coming off the bench for the first time in his Duke career.
``It's all about how you come back,'' Plumlee said of Sulaimon. ``I don't know of any player who started every game ever at Duke. I mean, he sat Elton Brand and those guys. We just told him it's part of the process.''
He was a combined 7 for 32 in his previous four games and missed all 10 of his shots in the 84-76 loss to then-No. 20 North Carolina State that knocked the Blue Devils from No. 1.
A second straight loss looked like a real possibility until Duke produced a 27-6 run that started late in the first half, ended early in the second and swung the lead its way to stay.
Curry - who has scored at least 22 points in three of his last four games - had 11 points during the burst.
He ended his team's 5-minute field goal drought by swishing a deep 3-pointer that started the run with 2 minutes left in the half. Then, he added two more 3s shortly after halftime before his putback of a miss by Plumlee put Duke up 46-32 with just under 15 minutes to play.
That came two possessions after the signature snapshot of the night: After Plumlee got Cameron rocking with a dunk with 14 minutes left and Georgia Tech called a timeout, a fired-up coach Mike Krzyzewski charged off the bench to jump on and embrace his senior center.
``I think I've given emotion a lot during 33 years here at Duke, so I'm going to do whatever I think my team needs,'' Krzyzewski said. ``I did that in 1980 and I should do it in 2013. So I thought that's what my team needed, and that's what I gave.''
Tech cut the Duke lead to 10 points twice, the final time coming when Mfon Udofia's three-point play with 6:48 left made it 57-47. Sulaimon countered with a three-point play 39 seconds later, Curry hit another 3 and Sulaimon followed with a dunk to make it 65-49 with just under 5 minutes to go.
``One of our biggest problems is that we're not finishing games,'' Bolden said. ``We play well and we play hard, but it's been one mistake on the offensive or defensive end that has hurt us. We're preparing well, but we're having trouble staying focused.''
 

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