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Thomas leads No. 11 Duke over Ga Southern 69-42

Nov 20, 2009 - 3:06 AM DURHAM, N.C.(AP) -- Jasmine Thomas scored 12 points to lead a balanced offense and No. 11 Duke won easily in its home opener, routing Georgia Southern 69-42 on Thursday night.

The Blue Devils (2-1) dropped from No. 6 to No. 11 in the poll this week on the heels of a 95-77 loss at Texas A&M on Sunday.

Bridgette Mitchell, Keturah Jackson and Krystal Thomas had 11 points each for Duke. Joy Cheek added 10.

J'Lisia Ogburn led Georgia Southern (1-1) with 11 points.

The Eagles took a 6-5 lead on Jamie Navarro's 3-pointer with 17:35 left in the first half before the pressing Blue Devils responded with a big run. Cheek scored all her points during the 14-0 spurt.

The Blue Devils led 35-17 at halftime and took their biggest lead, 58-26, on Jackson's follow with 12:30 remaining.

Duke outshot GSU 43.5 percent to 34 percent and outrebounded the Eagles 46-22.