Saturday, January 23, 2010
Duke turns Clemson into road kill (finally)
By Mark Schlabach
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Duke finally won a road game Saturday night, beating No. 16 Clemson 60-47 at Littlejohn Coliseum.
The No. 6 Blue Devils avoided their first 0-4 road start since the 1981-82 season, which was Mike Krzyzewski's second season at Duke.
The Blue Devils also avenged one of the worst losses of the Coach K era: a 74-47 rout at Clemson last February.
After the score was tied at 23 at the half, Duke started to pull away early in the second half. The Blue Devils' suffocating defense forced Clemson to turn the ball over five times in its first nine possession after the half.
Guard Nolan Smith led the Blue Devils with 22 points on 8-for-13 shooting, and reserve Lance Thomas added 13 points. Senior forward Trevor Booker led the Tigers with 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting.