Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 01/30/2013
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Duke 75, Wake Forest 70
• Duke improved to 4-0 in games that are within one possession with under three minutes remaining. Duke’s previous three wins were over No. 3 Kentucky (75-68), No. 2 Louisville (76-71) and No. 4 Ohio State (73-68).
• Duke played its 196th straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 164-32 (.837) during that span.
• Duke improved to 162-77 all-time against Wake Forest and won its seventh straight against the Demon Deacons. Duke has not lost to Wake Forest since Jan. 28, 2009.
• With Mason Plumlee scoring 32 points and Seth Curry 20, Duke had multiple 20-point scorers against Wake Forest for the seventh time in the series’ last eight games. Duke has had at least two 20-point scorers in every meeting against Wake Forest since the 2009 season except for the Feb. 28, 2012 matchup.
• Duke has had at least one 20-point scorer in 17 of the past 18 meetings against Wake Forest, dating back to the 2002-03 season.
• Duke started two freshmen – Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon – for the third straight game. The last time Duke started a pair of freshmen in three straight games was Jan. 7, 12 & 15, 2012 against Georgia Tech, Virginia and Clemson when Quinn Cook and Austin Rivers started together in three consecutive games.
• Duke’s starting five combined for 71 of the team’s 75 points. Duke’s starters average an NCAA-leading 67.4 points per game on the season, or 86.3 percent of the team total.
• Duke got just four points from its bench. Duke’s non-starters took only five shots and hit two.
• For the 28th time in school history, Duke had a player score at least 30 points against Wake Forest. Mason Plumlee scored 32 points, tied for the 15th most in series history. It was the first time since Feb. 22, 2009 (Gerald Henderson – 35 points, Jon Scheyer – 30 points) that a Duke player scored 30 points against the Demon Deacons. Plumlee’s 32 points were seven points shy of matching the Joel Coliseum scoring record.
• Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee combined for 24 of Duke’s 35 second-half points.
• Duke scored at least 40 points for the fourth straight half following a 40-point first half.
• The Blue Devils extended their turnover-free streak to 26 minutes, 47 seconds. The Blue Devils entered the game without committing a turnover in the last 25:00 of play, including the entire second half against Maryland, and went 1:37 into Wednesday’s game before their first turnover. Duke ranks 10th in the nation with 11.1 turnovers per game.
• Duke forced Wake Forest into 17 turnovers while surrendering 14 assists. Duke has allowed its opponent more assists than turnovers just twice this season. The Blue Devils, meanwhile, have finished with more assists than turnovers 14 times.
• Duke made a season-low two three-pointers and shot a season-low 14.3 percent from three-point range.
• Mason Plumlee won the opening tip for Duke for the 15th time in Duke’s 20 games.
• Earned his 18th straight start and scored in double figures for the 11th time this season while dishing out seven assists.
• Delivered at least five assists for the 13th time this season and held his season assist average to 6.2 per game. With an average of 11.1 points per game, Cook is on pace to become only the fifth player in school history to average at least 6.0 assists and 10.0 points per game (Dick Groat, Bobby Hurley, Jason Williams and Chris Duhon).
• Committed just three turnovers in 38 minutes of play. Cook has three or fewer turnovers in 13 of his last 14 games and owns a 3.68:1 assist-to-turnover ratio during that span.
• Scored in double figures for the fourth straight game against Wake Forest and scored at least 20 points for the second straight game against the Demon Deacons, finishing with 21 points. Curry averages 15.4 points per game in five career games versus Wake Forest.
• With Duke trailing 60-58 with just under eight minutes remaining, Curry was fouled on a three-point shot attempt and made all three free throws to put Duke ahead, 61-60.
• Curry came through again later, hitting a three-pointer at 3:01 that broke a 66-66 tie and put Duke ahead, 69-66. Duke would hold the lead for the rest of the game.
• Scored a career-high 32 points for his first career 30-point game and his sixth game of 20 or more points this season.
• Scored in double figures for the 19th time in Duke’s 20 games. Plumlee scored 19 points in the first half and 13 in the second. Plumlee ranks second in the ACC with 18.1 points per game.
• Plumlee’s 19 first-half points were a career-high in a half as well as the second most in a half by a Duke player this season, trailing only the 20 points Quinn Cook scored in the second half against Clemson.
• Plumlee hit eight consecutive field goal attempts in the game.
• Received his third foul with 18:35 remaining but did not get his fourth until the 4:02 mark. Plumlee left the floor for just 1:08 during that span.
• Increased his career rebound total to 948. Plumlee needs just 52 more rebounds to become the ninth player in school history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds and the third with 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 150 blocks.