Duke retires Battier's jersey, Georgia Tech

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2001

DURHAM, N.C. -- It was Shane Battier night at Duke and the senior forward didn't disappoint.

Battier had 16 points and keyed two key first-half runs Wednesday night as No. 4 Duke handed Georgia Tech its most lopsided loss in 29 years, 98-54.

Jason Williams added 25 points as Duke (24-3, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won for the 88th time in 89 games against unranked opponents, including 24 straight. The 44 points was Duke's largest margin of victory this season.

Georgia Tech (15-10, 7-7), which had won five of its last seven, had its worst loss since 118-73 to North Carolina on Feb. 12 1972. It was the Yellow Jackets worst loss since joining the ACC in 1979-80.

"It thought we played a game befitting of the kid who had his jersey retired," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I thought it was one of our best games. At this point, we can't play much better than that."

Battier, who had his No. 31 jersey retired in a ceremony before the game, had a turnover on Duke's first possession and missed his first three shots, but ignited two key first-half runs.

Battier had a steal that led to a dunk and a three-point play, followed by a long 3-pointer that capped a 14-0 run. That put the Blue Devils up 29-15 with 10:01 left in the first half as the crowd at Cameron Indoor Stadium bowed toward Battier.

Battier started a 7-0 run to end the first half with a blocked shot that led to a 3-pointer by Chris Duhon. That sequence was part of a 20-5 run to close out the half as Duke built a 54-30 lead. Duhon ended the run with a steal and a three-point play with 18 seconds left.

Battier also had seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

"It was a lot more special than I thought it was going to be," said Battier, who had his parents on the court with him during the ceremony. "The ceremony itself was something I'll never forget. From here on out, they can't take it away from me."

Georgia Tech, which has lost 10 straight to the Blue Devils, had 20 turnovers and made just 10 of 36 shots in the first half. Duke scored 35 points off turnovers in the first half.

It got worse for the Yellow Jackets to start the second half.

Georgia Tech had three turnovers and missed three shots in its first six possessions as Duke scored the first 13 points. Mike Dunleavy had consecutive 3-pointers during the run, the second making the score 61-30 and sending the crowd into a chant of "More than double." Dunleavy finished with 18 points.

"Tonight was just a case of getting beat pretty solid by an excellent basketball team," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "We just turned the ball over too much in the latter part of the first half. They are too good of a team to have 20 turnovers in the first half."

Duke's Carlos Boozer and Casey Sanders combined to frustrate Georgia Tech center Alvin Jones all night. Jones, the Yellow Jackets leading scorer at 14.5 points per game, had five points on 2-for-9 shooting and had four turnovers. Boozer, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, had nine points, five rebounds and no turnovers in just 19 minutes of action.

"I thought our big guys did very well against him," said Krzyzewski, who earned his 200th regular-season ACC victory. "Alvin Jones has had a first-team All-ACC season, but we played him well tonight."

Tony Akins led Georgia Tech with 19 points, but hit just 6 of 17 shots. He spent most of the first half talking trash to Williams, but was decidedly more quiet in the second half.

Williams made 8 of 14 shots, including 4-for-9 from 3-point range, and had six assists. He has scored 20 or more points in 16 of 22 games.

Georgia Tech had 29 turnovers -- leading to 48 Duke points -- and shot 27 percent.

Auburn 72, No. 14 Alabama 69, OT

When the Auburn Tigers practice long-range shots, Reggie Sharp never makes any. Apparently, he needed game pressure to nail one.

Sharp's heave from 35 feet at the overtime buzzer lifted Auburn over archrival Alabama, 72-69 Wednesday night.

Sharp got the inbounds pass when No. 14 Alabama swarmed sharp-shooting Adam Harrington. He raced across midcourt and sent the ball toward the basket.

"That shot by Reggie Sharp was the craziest thing I have ever seen," said teammate Scott Pohlman, who had 18 points. "I don't know what to say, it was unbelievable. We play around with half-court shots before practice, but Reggie has never made one until now."

Sharp's unlikely heroics were in keeping with the Tide's road woes. It handed the Tide (20-6, 8-5) their 21st loss in 22 away games, and they are 1-5 in road conference matches this season.

"I have never hit a shot like that before," Sharp said. "This win was the best of my career."

And one of the worst for Alabama, which was led by Rod Grizzard with 17 points.

"There is nothing you can do. It's over," said Grizzard, who tied the game on a jumper with 4.4 seconds left in overtime. "We should have won it. They came out on top with a lucky shot."

No. 6 Iowa State 62, Kansas State 51

Jamaal Tinsley scored 16 points and Tyray Pearson 12, leading Iowa State (23-3, 11-2 Big 12) to its 10th straight win.

Kansas State (9-15, 3-10) has lost seven of eight games.

No. 7 Florida 75, No. 12 Mississippi 55

Udonis Haslem scored 21 points for Florida, which lost forward Brent Wright early in the second half. The side of Wright's right shoe blew out, causing him to land awkwardly on the same foot he had surgically repaired in January. X-rays were negative.

Matt Bonner finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds as host Florida (19-5, 9-4 Southeastern Conference) won for the eighth time in nine games.

No. 8 Arizona 88, Arizona State 58

Gilbert Arenas scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half as Arizona won its 12th straight against the Sun Devils (11-14, 3-11). Arizona has won five of its last six, and 11 of 13 overall. The Sun Devils have lost seven of their last nine at home, including 1-6 in the Pac-10.

No. 18 Notre Dame 76, No. 10 Boston College 75

Martin Ingelsby hit an off-balance 15-foot jumper with 3.7 seconds left for host Notre Dame.

The Eagles had one last chance to tie, but Troy Bell lost the ball to David Graves.

Troy Murphy had 23 points for the Irish (18-6, 10-3), who moved two games ahead of Syracuse in the Big East's West Division with three games left. Bell had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles (19-4, 10-3), first in the East Division, a game ahead of Providence.

No. 11 Kansas 91, Colorado 79

Nick Collison had a career-high 26 points and Kenny Gregory added 20 as Kansas withstood near-perfect foul shooting by Colorado. It was the host Jayhawks' 24th straight victory over the Buffaloes.

Kansas (20-5, 9-4 Big 12), which hasn't lost to Colorado in 10 years, overcame 21-of-22 foul shooting by the Buffaloes.

No. 13 Kentucky 84, LSU 61

Keith Bogans scored all 23 of his points in the second half, and Tayshaun Prince added 16 for host Kentucky (18-7, 11-2 Southeastern Conference), which has won eight straight and 15 of its last 17. LSU has lost eight straight and 12 of its last 14.

No. 19 Wisconsin 64, Minnesota 54

Kirk Penney scored 21 points, including 14 during a four-minute span in the first half for Wisconsin (17-7, 8-5 Big Ten), which moved into a third-place tie with Ohio State in the conference.

Wisconsin played without guard Ricky Bower, sitting out the second game of his four-game NCAA suspension.

St. John's 73, No. 21 Georgetown 70

Freshman Willie Shaw bounced back from a scoreless game against Duke with 16 points. Shaw missed all eight of his shots in the loss to Duke, the Red Storm's worst defeat at Madison Square Garden in 41 years. But against the Hoyas, he hit four 3-point attempts.

Kevin Braswell had 19 points for the Hoyas (20-6, 7-6), who have lost three of four.

Georgia 88, No. 22 Tennessee 76

D.A. Layne scored 21 points and Anthony Evans had 18 points and 14 rebounds as Georgia handed Tennessee its fifth straight loss. Host Tennessee (18-9, 5-8) came unraveled in the final minutes and the Bulldogs (15-11, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) went on a 15-0 run.

No. 23 St. Joseph's 82, Dayton 72

Marvin O'Connor shot 8-for-13 from 3-point range and scored 30 points for visiting St. Joseph's. The Hawks (22-4, 12-1 Atlantic 10) are off to their best start since 1985-86, winning eight straight and 16 of 17.

Tony Stanley scored 19 points for the Flyers (16-10, 7-6), whose four-game winning streak was stopped.

No. 24 Wake Forest 92, Clemson 60

Darius Songaila scored 24 points and Craig Dawson added 19 for the Demon Deacons (18-8, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won just their second conference road game. They dominated from the start and led 41-9 at halftime.

The Tigers were coming off an upset of then-No. 1 North Carolina on Sunday.

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