Tigers' Comeback Falls Short to No. 4 Blue Devils, 92-78


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CLEMSON, SC -- It took a while, but Duke saw Clemson's only senior
Andrius Jurkunas finally leave the floor on senior night with 17.7 seconds
left in the game.


It took No. 4 Duke (23-4 overall, 14-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) that long
to put the game away, 92-78, against a pesky Clemson team (10-18, 4-11)
Wednesday night in front of 10,000 at Littlejohn Coliseum.


"We expected a tough game," said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. For a while, it
looked like the Blue Devils would take care of Clemson like they did a month
ago in a 34-point blowout at Durham. Duke led by 16 at the half and was
hitting nearly every shot it threw toward the basket.


Foul trouble, though, allowed Clemson to make a run midway though the second
half. "We got awful thin awful fast," said Krzyzewski.


Clemson cut a 20-point Duke lead early in the second half to eight with two
minutes to go in the game. Duke, however, hit nine of its last ten free
throws and went on a 6-0 run in the final minute to put the game away.


"Our players have staff are disappointed at our loss," said Clemson coach
Larry Shyatt. "Our performance was good. I wish we could have played a
little bit better and won."


Jurkunas scored six points in his final game at Littlejohn and had the
unenviable task of going against Duke's Shane Battier, who scored 26 points
against a variety of Clemson defenders.


Battier hit 3-pointers from nearly every part of the court and over nearly
every Clemson defender in the first half.


He hit six of seven 3-point attempts, while leading Duke to a 45-29 halftime
lead.


Clemson led by a point with 13:35 left in the half, but Battier then started
his barrage of 3-pointers. He hit two in a row to give Duke a 13-9 lead. He
hit two more during an 11-0 Duke run late in the half that gave the Blue
Devils a 38-22 lead with 2:45 left.


Clemson had pulled within five (27-22) on a 3-pointer by Will Solomon, but
his nine points in the half wasn't enough to overcome Battier, who at
6-feet, 8-inches, was able to shoot over anyone that Clemson put on him.
Duke reserve Nick Horvath added two 3-pointers as Duke hit nearly 50 percent
from the floor in the half.


Duke ran its lead to 51-31 early in the second half before Clemson slowly
crept back into the game.


"They showed a lot of heart," said Krzyzewski, who saw Clemson pull within
ten (76-66) after an 11-3 run. A 3-pointer by Will Solomon, who led Clemson
with 26 points, pulled Clemson within eight (79-71) with 1:56 left. A lay-up
by Pasha Bains with 1:03 left again pulled Clemson within eight. That was as
close as the Tigers could get.


"Having everybody healthy has made us able to complete with teams like
Duke," said Shyatt.


Clemson travels to Georgia Tech for Bobby Cremins last home game at Georgia
Tech on Saturday.


DUKE
                          FG   3PT    FT     Reb
 No Player           Min  M-A   M-A   M-A    O-D-T   A PF ST TO BK PTS
  4 Carlos Boozer     27  3-6   0-0   2-2   5-5-10   1  5  2  1  1   8
 23 Chris Carrawell   39  6-16  0-3   7-8    2-4-6   3  1  0  0  1  19
 31 Shane Battier     40  8-15  7-10  3-4    0-4-4   2  2  1  0  4  26
 14 Nate James        25  3-8   1-3   0-0    2-3-5   0  5  1  3  0   7
 22 Jason Williams    40  5-10  1-5   5-8    0-7-7   8  1  1  3  0  16
  3 Nick Horvath      17  2-4   2-3   6-8    1-2-3   2  2  0  1  1  12
 41 Matt Christensen   9  1-1   0-0   0-0    2-1-3   0  1  0  0  0   2
 15 Andre Buckner      3  0-0   0-0   2-3    0-0-0   0  1  1  0  0   2
    Totals           200 28-60 11-24 25-33 12-26-38 16 18  6  8  7  92

     Percentages: FG .467, 3PT .458, FT .758.
     Team Rebounds: 2.
     Team Turnovers: 0.

CLEMSON
                          FG   3PT  FT     Reb
 No Player           Min  M-A   M-A  M-A   O-D-T   A PF ST TO BK PTS
 55 Adam Allenspach   25  4-12  0-1  3-5   3-3-6   1  2  0  1  1  11
  3 Andrius Jurkunas  28  2-5   2-5  0-0   0-3-3   2  2  0  1  0   6
 42 Chucky Gilmore    27  1-3   0-0  0-3   1-3-4   1  3  0  0  1   2
 15 Will Solomon      40 10-26 3-11  3-6   1-5-6   9  4  2  6  1  26
 10 Ed Scott          30  4-5   3-3  0-0   0-2-2   2  3  0  4  0  11
 21 Ray Henderson     19  4-5   0-0  2-2   5-2-7   0  1  0  0  1  10
 24 Dustin Braddick   19  3-6   0-0  0-1   3-0-3   2  3  0  2  0   6
 33 Pasha Bains       10  2-3   1-2  1-2   1-1-2   0  5  1  0  0   6
 31 Tomas Nagys        1  0-0   0-0  0-0   0-0-0   0  1  0  0  0   0
  0 Walker Holt        1  0-0   0-0  0-0   0-0-0   0  0  0  0  0   0
    Totals           200 30-65 9-22 9-19 14-19-33 17 24  3 14  4  78

     Percentages: FG .462, 3PT .409, FT .474.
     Team Rebounds: 3.
     Team Turnovers: 0.

Duke    45 47-92
Clemson 29 49-78

Officials-Curtis Shaw, Steve Gordon, Jamie Luckie. 
A-10,000 

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