Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Duke's Parks and Meek Do an Inside Job on Georgia Tech

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Duke's Parks and Meek Do an Inside Job on Georgia Tech

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Duke's inside duo of Cherokee Parks and Erik Meek combined for 33 points and 25 rebounds Friday to lead the seventh-ranked Blue Devils to a 76-69 victory over No. 17 Georgia Tech in the fifth-place game of the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu.

The Blue Devils (8-2), who lost to Iowa 81-71 in the opening round, struggled at the start. They missed seven of their first nine shots from the field in falling behind 12-4.

Parks finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Meek had 15 and 13. They started to take control underneath and Duke had control of the game.

With Duke trailing 22-20, Parks and Meek scored 10 consecutive points to trigger an 18-5 run for an 11-point lead with 3 minutes 34 seconds left in the half. The Blue Devils led 41-31 at halftime.

Georgia Tech (8-3), which lost 69-66 to No. 20 Cincinnati in the opening round, went scoreless for 7:52 in the second half as Duke used a 9-0 run for a 57-40 lead with 9:28 to play.

The Yellow Jackets came back with an 11-2 run to get to 59-51. They trailed by six twice in the final minute, but Duke made six of eight free throws to keep them at bay.

Florida 87, St. Francis, Pa., 72: Dan Cross had 21 points and seven assists to help No. 13 Florida (6-2) beat St. Francis (4-4) in Gainesville, Fla.

After a subpar first half that left the Gators and Red Flash tied 38-38, Florida turned up the offense in the second half.

Florida also got 12 points each from forward Andrew DeClercq and reserve guard Greg Williams.

St. Francis, a member of the Northeast Conference, was led by Terrence Martin and Rob Wooster, who each scored 14 points.

Wake Forest 95, Marshall 59: Tim Duncan made all six of his shots, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked eight shots as No. 18 Wake Forest (7-1) beat visiting Marshall (6-3). Duncan finished with 18 points.

Wake Forest never trailed in winning for the third time this year over a Southern Conference team. Randolph Childress scored 15 points and handed out eight assists, and freshman Steven Goolsby added 14 points, including three 3-pointers. …

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