Tough win for Duke over FSU

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Boy, what a good win for the guys in Blue. See these are the games where you learn to appreciate the depth we have at the guard/swing man slot. Not only that, but it gives me a much needed appreciation for that man Jon Scheyer who was NAILS tonight with a plethora of threes, dimes, spin moves, lays and yes, facial expressions:

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Shoot, I’ll take it. All of it. Not only was he red hot in the first half, but when Duke’s perimeter playmakers were spazzing out in the second half, Jon S. was relatively calm and cool (Quietly, Singler was too). You forget that he’s a solid ball handler until G. Hendo, Pauly and Markie suddenly get collective stone hands on consecutive possessions and start turning the thing over. Anyway, I’ve never seen Jon play that well, especially on the road in a tight game. Jon definitely gets our game ball for his efforts.

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Anyway, overall, it was a tough and gritty win for the good guys. Let’s face it, Greg P. had an awful game. But once again, he showed that he’s more heart and toughness than he is player. He had that gutsy 3, tough lay, scrappy rebound and best of all, that timely steal that Duke needed to seal the win. It was a poor 3/4 of a game, but you got to respect how he fought back and got Duke the tough win.

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And this win was crucial too because now we’ve got a solid Clemson squad coming into Cameron on Saturday, followed by games at Virginia Tech and at Thug U aka Maryland. Overall, it was a gritty team win with input from about 8 guys. I like it.

Kick the stats intern:

VISITORS: Duke 14-1, 2-0 ACC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
12 Kyle Singler........ f  3-8    2-6    2-2    2  4  6   3  10  1  2  0  1  26
14 David McClure....... f  0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  2  1  1  12
03 Greg Paulus......... g  3-8    1-6    2-2    0  2  2   4   9  1  2  1  2  20
15 Gerald Henderson.... g  4-9    0-1    3-4    1  7  8   2  11  0  2  1  0  31
21 DeMarcus Nelson..... g  2-6    0-2    3-5    1  5  6   2   7  1  4  0  0  36
02 Nolan Smith.........    1-6    0-3    2-2    1  6  7   2   4  4  2  0  0  20
20 Taylor King.........    3-6    2-4    0-0    1  3  4   2   8  1  1  2  1  15
30 Jon Scheyer.........    9-13   2-5    1-3    2  1  3   1  21  2  2  0  2  32
42 Lance Thomas........    0-1    0-0    0-0    2  1  3   3   0  0  3  0  1   8
   TEAM................                         3  1  4
   Totals..............   25-57   7-27  13-18  13 31 44  19  70 10 20  5  8 200

– Lake

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