Tre Jones in starting lineup as Duke meets Georgia Tech

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils take on Notre Dame on Monday night. File

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils take on Notre Dame on Monday night. File

Tech (11-9, 3-4 ACC) limited the nation's highest scoring major college team to its lowest point total of the season, holding Duke to 27 first-half points and 29.6-percent shooting from the floor.

Over a stretch of 12 Georgia Tech possessions covering almost six minutes, the Yellow Jackets hit only one field goal while scoring just three points.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are coming into Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday afternoon, bringing a stifling defense with them, only allowing 63.5 points per game.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski on Friday updated Jones' status for Saturday's game, saying he "has really progressed well". "It's a game that winners win, when you can turn it around with 18 minutes to go and just really not playing well, and then playing great". "We weren't showing any energy, any enthusiasm out there".

The win was also point guard Tre Jones' first game back since his AC joint injury three games ago against Syracuse, a diagnosis that initially seemed much more serious than a two-game absence. "I feel like I wouldn't play unless I'm 100 percent", Jones said. "We were extremely dead". But Duke followed that with a 13-0 run to push ahead. This was the second time in eight days that Duke shot in the teens - or worse - from 3-point range. Williamson's basket in the lane at 14:11 tied the score at 38.

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Williamson's 22 points - including five dunks and three alley-oops, two from Cam Reddish and one from Jones - led the efficiency charge, with a 9-of-12 shooting performance. Soon, it was 48-40. The Blue Devils used 10 players in the opening half. Barrett scored 24 points against the Yellow Jackets and has 16 games with 20 or more points this season.

Barrett and Williamson had 10 points each at halftime. The sophomore guard from Brooklyn, New York shoots 43.1% from the field and 30.4% from the 3-point line. But with the Blue Devils turning the ball over six times in the game's first eight minutes, the Yellow Jackets caught the Blue Devils at 8-8.

The uncharacteristic play was there for the entire first half, with the Blue Devils scoring only 27 points to GT's 29.

But the Blue devils scored on only one of their final six possessions of the half, missing five shots in a row.

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