ATLANTA (AP) — Trajan Langdon and Jeff Capel hit key three-point baskets in the final five minutes, and Duke made all 19 of its second-half free throws as the 13th-ranked Blue Devils captured their sixth victory in a row, 66-56 over Georgia Tech on Sunday.
The Blue Devils (11-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 42-31 with 16:56 remaining after Matt Harpring hit a three-pointer for the Yellow Jackets (6-5, 0-2).
Duke used two runs to close the gap and eventually take the lead, the first an 11-3 spurt in which Greg Newton scored 7 of his 17 points.
The first surge cut Tech’s lead to 45-42, then the Blue Devils went on a 14-4 run in which Landgon scored seven and Capel five to take a 58-54 lead on Langdon’s three-pointer with 1:35 remaining.
Capel’s three-pointer at the 4:39 mark put Duke ahead to stay, 53-52.
Newton led Duke with his 17, Langdon added 16 and Capel 11.
Eddie Elisman paced the Yellow Jackets with 22 points and 13 rebounds and Harpring added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Duke forced the Jackets into 21 turnovers, creating 18 points. Duke’s 12 turnovers led to 12 Tech points.
Tech led most of the first half, leaving the floor at intermission with a 37-26 lead after the Blue Devils were scoreless for the final 3:45 of the period.
Women’s college hoops
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Kate Starbird isn’t perfect yet. But she’s getting mighty close.
Starbird scored a season-high 37 points and No. 3 Stanford used a 21-6 second-half run to defeat Arizona 91-68 Sunday and set a Pac-10 record with its 29th consecutive conference victory.
Olympia Scott added 11 points, seven rebounds and five steals for Stanford (14-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-10), which has won 39 straight at home — the longest such streak in women’s Division I basketball — and 49 straight conference games at Maples Pavilion.
Adia Barnes had 17 points for Arizona (11-2, 1-1), which had a 10-game winning streak snapped. That streak had tied the longest in school history.
Monika Crank added 13 points for Arizona, which had been averaging 83 points.
Starbird’s point total was the fourth highest in Stanford history. The record is 44, set by Starbird last January against Southern California.
Starbird was 11-for-18 from the field and hit all 10 of her foul shots. She was 5-for-11 on 3-pointers, and even added five assists.
“She’s playing as well as she’s ever played here,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “The key to her play right now is she’s making good decisions virtually every time.”
Stanford has won 21 straight games against Arizona, which has not beaten the Cardinals since March 8, 1986.