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Georgetown beats Duke, 87-84

Posted Saturday, January 21, 2006

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Washington, DC - The Duke Blue Devils lost to a Georgetown team, 87-84, that shot 61 percent and held Shelden Williams to a season-low four points. Sean Dockery scored two of his 10 points in the first 38 minutes. Georgetown dominated early and a 19-5 run included five layups that gave the Hoyas a 42-28 lead after shooting 67 percent in the first half.

Duke led only once in the game, at 22-20.

J.J. Redick matched his career high with 41 points. Only two other players scored in double digits for Duke.

Georgetown had five of their players score at least 13 points. Though they’re only ranked 7th in the Big East, they managed to balance their players stats. Five of their players had 12 or more points. Brandon Bowman contributed 23 points and 6 assists while Jeff Green added another 18 points and 7 assists.

Duke cut the the deficit in the second half, pulling within two on Williams' layup with 4:03 remaining. Georgetown's Jonathan Wallace answered with a reverse layup, and Owens came on strong with a fast-break dunk to get the lead back to six. Bowman's fast-break dunk made the score 82-74 with 1:15 left. The Hoyas' poor free-throw shooting - 7-for-12 over the final 1:46 - gave Duke a chance to tie on its final possession.

Duke had a chance to tie after Ashanti Cook missed the second of two free throws with 6.5 seconds remaining. The ball came to freshman point guard Greg Paulus. Instead of getting the ball to Redick, Greg Paulus was dribbling near midcourt and got stripped by Wallace with 4 seconds left.

Shelden Williams did achieve one milestone. He got the two blocks he needed to join Tim Duncan and Ralph Sampson as the only ACC players with 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds and 350 blocks.

With Duke going down, No. 9 Pittsburgh losing to St. John's and No. 2 Florida falling at Tennessee, a day that began with three unbeaten Division I teams ended with none.

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Georgetown beats Duke, 87-84
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