Tatum leads No. 8 Duke to blowout win over Georgia Tech, 110-57
DURHAM, NC, Sporting Alert – Grayson Allen returned to the Duke lineup after a one-game suspension and the eighth-ranked Blue Devils looked a much better team on Wednesday night. Duke dominated the game en route to a comfortable 110-57 win over Georgia Tech at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
GRAYSON ALLEN RETURNS
Allen was given an “indefinite” suspension after his third tripping incident and missed the defeat to Virginia Tech at the weekend to open the ACC schedule.
However, the junior guard returned with 15 points and seven assists on Wednesday night in the blowout win, as all five Duke starters, including Harry Giles scored in double-figures.
Jayson Tatum led the Blue Devils with 19 points on 8 for 15 shooting and added six rebounds, four assists and four steals, while Luke Kennard added 16 points and Frank Jackson scored 15 off the bench.
Amile Jefferson finished with 14 points and seven rebounds and Matt Jones ended with 14 points, as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski directed his last game before doing surgery on Friday.
Giles, starting his first game this season grabbed a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards for Duke (13-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Justin Moore scored 13 points to lead Georgia Tech (9-5, 1-1) and Tadric Jackson ended with 11 points in the defeat for the Yellow Jackets.
DUKE GETS OFF TO FAST START
Duke started on an offensive tear, particularly from behind the arc after making 6 of its opening 8 3-pointers, with Kennard knocking down his first three attempts from long-range.
The sophomore guard went on to make all four of his shots from behind the arc and was 6 for 6 from the floor overall in the opening 20-minutes.
Duke led 29-11 with 12:26 left in the first half and then extended that lead to 51-26 with 2:07 left before the interval.
They eventually went into the halftime break with a 61-31 advantage.
After the break, the home side continued to add to the scorecard and led by as many as 55 points late in the game.