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"We didn't do a good job of staying poised," Lawal said. "We got rattled a little bit."
Duke's three S's -- Singler, Scheyer and Smith -- entered as the nation's most productive scoring trio, averaging 53 points, and they were simply too much for a talented but young Georgia Tech team.
Lawal picked up two fouls in the first 33 seconds and played just 16 minutes; he and Favors logged six minutes apiece in the first half. Duke was in the double-bonus 10 minutes into the game -- prime position for the nation's top free-throw-shooting team -- and made 24 of 36 attempts from the line.
"They're our two big men and our two people who draw a lot of attention in the middle," Peacock said of Lawal and Favors. "With them not in the game, that definitely hurt us."
Singler's only two baskets of the first half were big ones, and overshadowed the brief scare he gave the Blue Devils.
His 3 with 12 1/2 minutes until the break put Duke ahead to stay. Then, after his short trip to the bench to check his wrist, he came back moments later and hit the 3 just before the buzzer -- "a silent kind of dagger," he later called it -- that capped a half-closing 15-6 run and gave the Blue Devils their first double-figure lead, 45-33.
The Yellow Jackets were denied their second victory at Cameron since 1996.
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