Durham - Duke raced to a 24-4 lead midway of the first half and routed the Hokies 66-48 in Durham, handing Tech its 13th loss in the last 14 games.
The Hokies dug their big 20-point hole by hitting just two of their first 14 shots from the floor against Duke's man-to-man defense. In contrast, Duke hit 6 of its first 11 shots, including four 3-pointers.
Virginia Tech did outscore the Blue Devils 16-8 after the terrible start to pull within 12 at the half, 32-20. Jarell Eddie then cut the margin to 7 early second half but that's as close as the Hokies would get as the Blue Devils shut the door.
For the game, Tech actually shot better than Duke – 42.6 percent to 38.7 percent. But the Hokies turned the ball over 15 times and gave up 14 offensive rebounds. Plus, Duke seemed to come up with 3-pointers at every key moment, the Blue Devils finished with 10 for the game.
Tech scored just two baskets in the final 11:06, and Duke gradually pulled away.
Trevor Thompson, starting his sixth straight game, led the Hokies with 15 points and six rebounds. C.J. Barksdale and Eddie had 9 points each for Tech.
Rodney Hood led the Blue Devils with 21 points. Rasheed Sulaimon added 15, including four 3-pointers.
Tech returns to the court this Saturday when it plays host to North Carolina. Tipoff is slated for 2:30 p.m.