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Trio Delivers ACC Title

ATLANTA – When Jon Scheyer climbed the short ladder to cut down the nets in the Georgia Dome Sunday, he was nervous, he admitted afterward. Never before had he celebrated a postseason title in a Duke uniform, and the last time he had clipped the twine was in high school.

It might have been the first time all day that Scheyer wasn’t sure of himself.

The junior guard earned Tournament MVP honors as the third-seeded Blue Devils beat No. 4 Florida State 79-69 to win their first ACC Tournament since 2006. Scheyer, Gerald Henderson and Kyle Singler combined for 70 of Duke’s 79 points, and all three were named to the Tournament’s first team.

Duke’s three stars carried the Blue Devils (28-6) throughout the weekend, scoring 80 percent of the team’s points and converting on clutch possessions in all three games. Not surprisingly, it was the three players, all clad in ACC championship T-shirts and hats, who earned the loudest ovations when they used the small pair of metallic scissors to take a memento from the arena.

It was, after all, the team’s first postseason title in three years, and it wouldn’t have been possible without them.

“It’s a long time coming,” said Henderson, who scored 27 points in the final, second only to Scheyer’s 29. “We’ve put a lot of work into building our team into what it is today. Winning this championship is an accomplishment because we’ve waited a long time for it.”

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