Tudor: Shooting woes once again doom Blue Devils

ctudor@newsobserver.comMarch 16, 2012 

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Duke guard Austin Rivers (0) finds the going tough inside as Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum (3) and forward John Adams (4) defend at the Greensboro Coliseum Thursday March 15, 2012 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

CHUCK LIDDY — CHUCK LIDDY - cliddy@newsobserver.com

— The problems that bothered Duke throughout this basketball season surfaced in waves Friday night in Greensboro Coliseum against long-shot underdog Lehigh.

With Seth Curry missing eight of nine field-goal attempts and the Blue Devils firing blanks on 20 of 26 shots from behind the 3-point arc, No. 15 South Regional seed Lehigh left with a 75-70 win.

Duke, seeded 2nd in the South, never seemed to be comfortable and had no solution for Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum (30 points).

There was nothing left for the Devils (27-7) to ponder at night’s end except next season. Working on the assumption that freshman guard Austin Rivers will leave for the the NBA, Duke probably will enter the 2012-13 season with a group of reasonably reliable insider players and a perimeter that should include Quinn Cook, Tyler Thornton, Curry and Ryan Kelly, the 6-11 forward who sat out the game Friday with a foot injury.

The loss was the second of the opening weekend for No. 2 seeds, but probably rates as the most devastating in ACC history.

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