ATLANTA -- Jason Williams and Juneau's Carlos Boozer dominated the first half for Duke. Shane Battier was unstoppable in the second. Georgia Tech never had a chance.
Williams and Boozer combined for 34 points before the break, then turned over the ball to Battier. He scored 30 of his 34 points in the second half as the No. 2 Blue Devils cruised past Georgia Tech 98-77 Saturday.
"Not that they need my approval, but I've got a lot of respect for that Duke team," said Paul Hewitt, Tech's first-year coach. "Think about what they go through every single game, especially on the road. People just load up and give them their best shot."
Georgia Tech, which had beaten a couple of Top 10 teams this season, didn't have nearly enough weapons to beat the Blue Devils (17-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Duke built a commanding 52-33 lead by halftime against Tech, with Williams accounting for 18 points and Boozer 16. Boozer and Williams both finished the game with 24 points each, with Boozer also grabbing nine rebounds.
Battier, held to four points before the break, took over in the final 20 minutes. He scored 20 straight points for Duke, nearly doubling up the Yellow Jackets during the remarkable five-minute stretch.
"I've always considered myself a complete player: offense, defense, transition," Battier said. "I really can't remember the second half too well. ... It was like I was on the outside looking in. Don't ask me how to get there, because I have no idea."
Battier also had five blocks, continually swatting away shots by a Tech team that was hopelessly overmatched after 6-foot-11 center Alvin Jones picked up four fouls in the first half, including a technical.
"I feel like I let the team down," said Jones, who played only 14 minutes. "I've already apologized to them and I'm going to write a letter of apology. I feel bad about what happened."
The Yellow Jackets (10-7, 2-4) had consecutive victories over Virginia and Wake Forest, both ranked in the Top 10 at the time. But Duke is at another level, coming in with an average winning margin of 25.7 points.
No. 4 Tennessee 84, Mississippi St.
Tony Harris scored 22 points and Ron Slay added 15 as fourth-ranked Tennessee withstood Mississippi State's late rally.
Antonio Jackson, who had 21 points, cut the Volunteers' lead to two with a 3-pointer with 27.8 seconds to go.
No. 5 Kansas 100, Texas A&M 70
Drew Gooden had 19 points and 10 rebounds for his team-leading sixth double-double of the season.
Nick Collison also had 19 points for Kansas, on 9-for-11 shooting from the field. The Jayhawks (15-1, 4-0 Big 12) have not lost in six games against Texas A&M (6-11, 0-5).
No. 6 North Carolina 80, Florida St. 70
Joseph Forte scored 28 points, including 14 in the final 7:11 as North Carolina got its 12th straight victory.
North Carolina (15-2, 5-0 ACC) went ahead 33-13 on its way to a 49-30 halftime lead, but had to survive a second-half rally by the Seminoles.
Vanderbilt 63, No. 7 Florida 61
Freshman Brendan Plavich of Vanderbilt sank Florida deeper into despair, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the last 57 seconds.
Plavich hit the second 3-pointer with 29 seconds remaining to give the Commodores (13-4, 3-2) just their second lead of the game at 62-61.
Florida's Major Parker missed a wild shot, then after Greg LaPointe hit one free throw to put Vandy ahead by two, Orien Greene left a layup on the front of the rim and the hurting Gators (11-4, 1-3) had first back-to-back losses for the first time in 60 games.
No. 11 Illinois 92, Penn State 60
Sergio McClain had 15 points and Illinois shut down the Big Ten's top scorer.
Joe Crispin, averaging 22 points, was held scoreless in the first half for Penn State (11-5, 2-4). He finished with 13 points while his brother, Jon, had 11.
The Fighting Illini (15-4, 5-1) also got 12 points and 12 rebounds from Robert Archibald.
No. 13 Virginia 85, No. 20 Missouri 72
Travis Watson's huge dunk and free throw with 4:10 left gave Virginia the lead, and the Cavaliers held off Missouri in a game that was tight until the final minutes.
Watson, held out of the starting lineup because of a strained right hamstring, took a pass from Donald Hand and dunked while being fouled, giving the Cavaliers a 70-69 lead. His free throw pushed the lead to two, and Virginia (13-3) held on by showing a deft touch from the foul line.
Miami 77, No. 15 Connecticut 74
Marcus Barnes scored 24 points and John Salmons added 16 as Miami handed the Huskies their third straight loss.
Salmons clinched the victory with a pair of free throws and a slam dunk in the final 11 seconds. The dunk, with 2.7 on the clock, was Miami's only field goal in the final 6:18.
No. 17 Arizona 88, UCLA 63
Gilbert Arenas scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, and Arizona used a tight, harassing defense to turn an eight-point halftime deficit into a rout.
The Wildcats (13-5, 5-1 Pac-10), who have won four in a row, outscored the Bruins 55-22 in the second half to hand UCLA its first conference loss and snap its six-game winning streak.
No. 21 Mississippi 65, Kentucky 55
Jason Harrison scored 16 points, including two big 3-pointers during a decisive second-half run.
The win snapped the Rebels' three-game losing streak to Kentucky, but it was their third victory over the Wildcats since 1997.
No. 23 Iowa State 60, Nebraska 59
Martin Rancik's disputed basket at the buzzer was ruled good after a replay review and, following a wild scene in which both teams celebrated.
Down 59-58, Iowa State's Jamaal Tinsley had his shot blocked out of bounds by Kimani Ffriend with eight-tenths of a seconds left. The Cyclones kept the ball and Tinsley threw a perfect lob pass that Rancik caught and laid in over Ffriend as time expired.
No. 25 Boston College 77, Rutgers 51
Troy Bell, Kenny Harley and Ryan Sidney had 16 points apiece for Boston College.
The Eagles (13-2, 4-1 Big East) are off to their best start since going 22-9 in 1996-97, the last time they made the NCAA tournament.
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