DURHAM, N.C. -- There was screaming before tipoff, and in the first half, and in the second half.
After No. 2 Duke wiped out Georgia Tech, 104-79, on Thursday night in an unusually heated contest, the heat seeped into the postgame handshake.
As Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski stalked past the Yellow Jackets' bench, he shook their coaches' hands with such power that two looked back at him as he strode away.
"I thought there was just hard play," Krzyzewski said when asked about the game's undertones of apparent anger. "Don't confuse anger with hard play."
Don't confuse hard play with vengeance, either.
Duke center Carlos Boozer said the Blue Devils (13-1, 2-1 ACC) had vengeance on their minds -- vengeance against the basketball world in general after their loss Sunday at Florida State, and vengeance against Georgia Tech after its pregame show of audacity.
Just before the national anthem, Boozer spotted the Yellow Jackets (7-9, 0-3) at halfcourt, stomping on the Duke logo. He screamed at them, turned to his teammates to alert them, then screamed some more. He was still muttering during the anthem.
"We feel like we're being disrespected," said Boozer, who tied a season high with 23 points to lead six Blue Devils in double figures. "We've got to get it back."
Boozer dunked 30 seconds into the game. It was 8-0, then 26-6. Duke led 103-63 when Krzyzewski backed off, emptying the bench with 3 1/2 minutes left.
"They came after us," said forward Ed Nelson. "Right from the start."
The Blue Devils' next task comes Sunday at N.C. State for first place in the ACC.
Duke players dived all over the place, most notably when Chris Duhon sailed over the scorer's table for a shot blocked by Dahntay Jones -- who reclaimed his starting position and produced 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. The game resumed with public-address announcer Arthur Chandler holding a napkin to his bloody ear.
Before the blood, there was more screaming -- this from Krzyzewski, earning his first technical of the season as he argued an intentional foul against Duke. When John Clougherty called the technical, Krzyzewski burst from his chair and spat out, "What are you doing? You're ruining this game!"
Duhon waved for crowd noise, and Krzyzewski pirated the idea, waving for more.
After a hard Georgia Tech foul in the second half, Krzyzewski screamed down the baseline toward the Yellow Jackets' bench.
The confrontations continued -- especially at the foul line, where both teams' tendency to huddle led to three shoving incidences. One produced a technical foul on Georgia Tech's Halston Lane.
Afterward, Boozer nodded at the assertion that the game was atypically intense.
"People are coming after is," he said. "It's time for us to come after them."
Southern California 81, No. 11 UCLA 77
Freshman Errick Craven scored seven of his 13 points in the final 3:18 and Southern California upset UCLA to take sole possession of first place in the Pac-10.
The Trojans (13-2, 5-0) won their ninth game in a row and are off to their best start since 1975. The Bruins (11-3, 4-1) had their nine-game winning streak snapped in front of a rowdy, pro-USC crowd.
No. 14 Stanford 67, Oregon St. 50
Josh Childress took over for foul-plagued teammate Casey Jacobsen and scored 19 points, including seven straight during a second-half run that lifted visiting Stanford.
Chris Borchardt added 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Cardinal (9-3, 2-1 Pac-10), who trailed by four with 14:18 left before going on a 23-5 run.
Philip Ricci scored 14 points to lead the Beavers (8-7, 1-4).
No. 20 Arizona 92, Washington St. 85
Jason Gardner scored 23 points and visiting Arizona beat Washington State for the 33rd straight time.
Luke Walton, back after missing three games, scored 15 points and dished out 11 assists for Arizona (10-4, 3-2 Pac-10).
Washington State (4-9, 0-5) lost its seventh straight despite a career-high 27 points from J Locklier.
Detroit 63, No. 24 Butler 54
Greg Grays scored 17 points and Terrell Riggs added 14 as Detroit won its 36th straight home game.
The Titans (7-7, 1-1 Horizon) haven't lost at home since Jan. 16, 1999, when they lost to Butler.
Rylan Heinje scored 17 points for the Bulldogs (14-2, 1-2).
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