Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 02/07/2013
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Duke 98, N.C. State 85
• Duke played its 198th straight game as a top-10 team (166-32, .838). Duke improved to 53-11 (.828) all-time when ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll.
• Duke improved to 12-0 at home this season. Duke has started 12-0 at home in five of the last six seasons.
• Duke had one 30-point scorer and two 20-point scorers for the first time since Jan. 17, 2002 when Jason Williams scored 34, Mike Dunleavy 21 and Carlos Boozer 20 in a 99-78 win over No. 3 Maryland.
• Duke hit 10 three-pointers in the first half, the Blue Devils’ most in a half since hitting 10 on Dec. 8, 2010 versus Oregon. It was Duke’s most treys in a half versus an ACC opponent since hitting 10 against Miami on Feb. 20, 2010. Duke has hit 10 threes in a first half 12 times in school history.
• Duke held a double-digit lead for all but 4:39 of the game. It took Duke 3:26 to build a double-digit lead at the start of the game.
• Duke came out hot for the second straight game, outscoring N.C. State 20-5 over the first six minutes of the game. The Blue Devils also outscored Florida State 18-2 over the first six minutes of their last game on Feb. 2.
• Duke held N.C. State without a field goal over a span of 4:54 in the first half. The Blue Devils went on an 11-1 run during that span while forcing the Wolfpack to miss 11 consecutive field goals until Scott Wood hit a three-pointer to cut the score to 25-9.
• Duke scored 22 second-half points on free throws. Duke shot .786 from the line (22-of-28) with Mason Plumlee going 7-for-10 and Seth Curry going 8-for-10.
• Five Blue Devils scored in double figures in the first half, led by Seth Curry with 18. Mason Plumlee scored 15, and Quinn Cook had 12. Rasheed Sulaimon just missed reaching double figures in the first half with nine points.
• Duke carried a lead of at least 20 points into the half for the second straight game and for the fourth time this season.
• Duke started two freshmen – Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon – for the fifth straight game. The last time Duke started a pair of freshmen in five straight games was the 2006-07 season when Jon Scheyer and Lance Thomas started together from Jan. 18 to Feb. 1.
• Duke scored at least 40 points in the first half for the fourth straight game.
• The starting five combined for a season-high 92 of Duke’s 98 points with four of those five scoring in double figures. Duke’s starters average an NCAA-leading 68.7 points per game, or 87.0 percent of the team total. Duke’s starters have scored at least 70 points in three straight games.
• Earned his 20th straight start and recorded his second 20-point game of the season with 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting and 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range. Cook also added four assists and four rebounds.
• Hit four three-pointers for the second straight game. The four made threes tied his career high.
• Committed just one turnover in 35 minutes of play. Cook has three or fewer turnovers in 15 of his last 16 games and owns a 3.78:1 assist-to-turnover ratio during that span.
• Scored in double figures for the fourth straight game against N.C. State and over 20 for the third straight time in the series. Curry scored 26 points in the Feb. 16, 2012 meeting against the Wolfpack, 21 of which came in the second half. Curry scored 22 second-half points against N.C. State on Saturday. For his career, Curry is averaging 19.0 points per game against N.C. State.
• Put together his third straight 20-point game. Curry has 20 or more points in nine of his last 14 games.
• Scored in double figures for the 16th time this season and the 53rd time in his Duke career. Duke is 15-1 this season and 48-6 all-time when Curry scores in double figures.
• Matched a career high with 10 made free throws, doing so on 12 attempts.
• Scored 30 points for his second 30-point scoring effort in Duke’s last three games. It was Plumlee’s seventh outing this season with at least 20 points. Duke is 7-0 this season and 9-0 all-time when Plumlee scores at least 20 points.
• Ended a streak of 13 consecutive made field goals. Plumlee hit his first seven field goals of the game after going 4-for-4 against Florida State and hitting his last two shots against Wake Forest. Plumlee is shooting .810 (34-of-42) over his last four games and .613 (146-of-238) for the season.
• Played all but 29 seconds of the game. Plumlee averages 34.2 minutes per game this season, the fifth-highest average in the ACC.
• Hit a career-high 12 free throws on 16 attempts, including six of his last seven over the final nine minutes of the game.
• Increased his career rebound total to 962. Plumlee needs just 38 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.
• Scored in double figures for the 15th time this season and the fifth time in Duke’s last seven games.
• Opened the game with his sixth three-point play of the season, tied for the most by a Blue Devil this season.