January 21, 2010
Second half surge lifts No. 6 Duke past Tech, 69-38
Gordon leads Hokies with 14 points
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Virginia Tech (11-7 (1-3 ACC)) 152338
(6) Duke (16-3 (4-0 ACC)) 224769
  • Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium) - 3,435
  • High Points: 14 - Brittany Gordon
  • High Rebounds: 8 - Brittany Gordon

DURHAM, N.C. – After keeping things close in the first half, a second half offensive explosion from sixth-ranked Duke proved to be too much for Virginia Tech in a 69-38 loss Thursday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Hokies fall to 1-3 in conference play and 11-7 overall, while Duke improved to 4-0 in the ACC and moves to 16-3 on the season.

The Blue Devils, whose 23-game home-winning streak was broken Monday night by top-ranked Connecticut, came out ready to play after the halftime break. After struggling offensively in the first half, the Blue Devils shot an improved 60 percent from the field in the second half, helped along by an 14-2 run to start the half.

Conversely, the Hokies weren’t able to get anything going offensively in the second half, as they struggled to shoot only 27.3 percent. Brittany Gordon, who tallied 10 points in the half, was the only Hokie in double figures with 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Tech, who had only 26 turnovers combined in its previous two games against North Carolina and Virginia, suffered the same number against Duke and the Blue Devils converted those turnovers into 28 points.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half with Duke taking a 22-15 lead to the locker room. The 15 points were the fewest points scored by the Hokies in any half of an ACC game since the Hokies entered the league in 2004. The 38 points also set a new program low for fewest points in an ACC game.

The Hokies will return to action Sunday, Jan. 24 as they travel to Miami to face the Hurricanes at 2 p.m.

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