As a Team • Duke moved to 16-6 on the season and 5-4 in the conference with Tuesday’s result. • Duke used the starting lineup of Grayson Allen, Derryck Thornton, Matt Jones, Brandon Ingram and Marshall Plumlee for the eighth time this season and owns a 6-2 record with those five players on the floor to start the game. • The victory extended Duke’s win streak against Georgia Tech to nine games, dating back to an 86-67 win Dec. 9, 2010.
Duke on the Glass • Graduate student Marshall Plumlee collected 12 rebounds, his seventh game this season with double-digit rebounds. • Plumlee has led the Blue Devils in rebounding nine times this season, including seven of the last eight games. • Duke outrebounded Georgia Tech, 39-38, the third straight game Duke hauled in more rebounds than its opponent. Duke has outrebounded its opponent in three straight games for the second time this season.
Allen’s Contributions • Sophomore Grayson Allen led the Blue Devils in scoring for the 10th time this season, netting 27 points. Allen has registered 20-or-more points in 11 games this year. • Allen shot 7-of-10 (.700) from beyond the arc. His seven made three-pointers are a career high. His previous career high stood at five. • Duke moved to 21-4 all-time when Allen scores double-digit points.
Duke’s Defense • Duke allowed Georgia Tech to shoot just 2-of-19 (.105) from beyond the arc, the second-lowest three-point shooting percentage by a Duke opponent this season. • Georgia Tech scored 46 points in the paint, the first time since games against Kentucky and VCU that Duke allowed a team to score 40-or-more points in the paint in back-to-back games after also allowing Miami to score over 40 points in the paint in the team’s last game.
Duke on the Offensive End • The Blue Devils shot 11-of-23 (.478) from beyond the arc, the team’s best shooting percentage from three-point range since shooting 50.0 percent against Notre Dame. • With 10 turnovers, the Blue Devils committed double-digit miscues for the third straight game. Duke has turned the ball over 10-or-more times in three straight games just one other time this season (Virginia Tech, Clemson, Notre Dame). • Duke shot 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the field in the second half, the ninth game this season the Blue Devils shot over 50 percent from the floor to close the game.
Fresh Faces • Freshman Brandon Ingram scored 14 points on 3-of-15 (.200) shooting, and collected 10 rebounds to record his fifth double-double this year. Ingram sits one double-double away from breaking into Duke’s top-seven list among freshman double-doubles. • Freshman Derryck Thornton scored 15 points on 7-of-11 (.636) shooting from the field, while dishing three assists and adding four rebounds. Thornton’s double-digit performance is his seventh of the year and his first since Duke faced Long Beach State.