Duke downs Georgia Tech for a 25th straight ACC win

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2000

DURHAM, N.C. - Shane Battier followed the one hard-fast rule he received from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski in the preseason: keep shooting.

The 6-foot-8 junior took his coach up on his advice Wednesday night, shaking off a poor shooting first half to score 19 points as No. 6 Duke used a late run to beat Georgia Tech 82-57.

``I told him during one timeout, `We're going to stop diagraming plays for you,''' Krzyzewski joked. ``I think that is being a veteran. He has confidence that his next shot is his first shot.''

Battier, who started the game 1-for-7, said he felt comfortable with his shot in the first 20 minutes, the ball just wasn't dropping. He then went 6-for-9 in the second half once he settled into the flow of the game.

``You are going to have those days. I felt like I took great shots,'' Battier said. ``I came out in the second half still with an aggressive attitude, and after I hit my first shot, I relaxed and let it come to me.''

The Blue Devils (12-2, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their 12th straight overall and 25th straight regular-season conference game. Duke also extended its home winning streak to 43 games, placing six players in double figures. Freshman center Carlos Boozer of Juneau was one of those six, finishing the game with 10 points and seven rebounds for Duke.

Georgia Tech (7-7, 0-2) lost for the seventh straight time to Duke and for the 23rd time in the last 27 games in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

``Duke is a special program,'' Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins said. ``I would hate to imagine what their record is in this building over the last 10 years. I can't say enough about Mike and his basketball team.''

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