Duke Dumped

Blue Devils' offense goes cold as Mountaineers advance
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 22, 2008 5:45 PM CDT
West Virginia's John Flowers, Jamie Smalligan, Wellington Smith and Da'Sean Bulter, from left, celebrate in a NCAA West Regional game against Duke today. West Virginia defeated Duke 73-67.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – West Virginia ended today what Belmont failed to on Thursday: an upset of second-seeded Duke, reports the AP. Joe Alexander had 22 points and 11 rebounds as West Virginia held the Blue Devils to 38% shooting, out-rebounding them 47-27 in the 73-67 victory. Duke has now missed the Sweet Sixteen 2 years running, after going every year from 1997-2006.

Alex Ruoff led West Virginia (26-10) with 17 points; Joe Mazzulla scored 13 and had 11 rebounds. Duke jumped to a 34-29 halftime lead, but then went cold from the 3-point line, missing 15 in a row. Greg Paulus was 2-7 from downtown at one point, but that was better than his teammates, who were a collective 0-11.