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Notes: Duke 88, Cornell 47
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/19/2012
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Duke 88, Cornell 47

Team Notes:

•    Duke started 10-0 for the 18th time in school history and the 14th time under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils have started 10-0 in two of the past three seasons.
•    Duke improved to 208-31 while playing as the No. 1 team in the country. The Blue Devils have been ranked No. 1 for 123 weeks overall, including 105 weeks under Coach K. It was Coach K’s 184th win when coaching Duke as the No. 1 team in the nation (184-26, .876).
•    Duke played its 186th straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 156-30 during that span.
•    The win was Duke’s 104th since the start of the 2009-10 season. Only Kentucky, Kansas and Ohio State have more wins during that span.
•    Duke scored 41 points in the first half and 47 in the second half, giving the Blue Devils at least 40 points in seven consecutive halves. Duke has scored at least 40 points in 12 of 20 halves this season.
•    Duke scored 23 consecutive points over a span of 7:13, beginning with 1:32 remaining in the first half. The 23-point run was Duke’s second longest of the season, trailing only the school-record 30-point run against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 18. The 23 consecutive points tied for the fourth-longest run in school history.
•    Duke went on a 17-0 run to start the second half. Cornell did not score a bucket until the 13:28 mark in the half after missing their first 10 shots in the period.
•    Duke’s point guard duo of Quinn Cook and Tyler Thornton combined for 17 assists and just one turnover.
•    Duke held Cornell to just eight assists, the Blue Devils’ sixth game this season holding an opponent to less than 10 assists. Cornell did not have a single assist in the second half. Duke is allowing just 8.6 assists per game, which ranks tied for seventh in the country.
•    Cornell entered the game averaging 14.6 turnovers per game. Duke forced 15 turnovers in the first half and 26 for the game, a season high for the Big Red.
•    Three Blue Devils scored in double figures, led by senior Seth Curry with 20 points. Duke has had at least three double-figure scorers in every game this season. Duke snapped a streak of eight consecutive games with at least four double-figure scorers.
•    Duke’s starting five combined to score 67 of the team’s 88 points, or 76.1 percent of the team total. On the season, Duke starters combine to average 69.9 points per game, or 86.5 percent of Duke’s total scoring. Duke’s starters have scored at least 75.0 percent of the team’s total points in nine of 10 games this season.
•    Duke did not get a point from its bench until 4:02 remaining in the first half when Amile Jefferson hit a pair of free throws. The bench went on to contribute 21 points, including 17 in the second half. Duke’s bench is averaging 21.0 points per game over the last three games, compared to 6.6 points per game in seven games prior.
•    Duke recorded 23 assists on 34 made field goals, good for 67.7 percent. Duke has recorded assists on at least 60 percent of its field goals in seven games this season and ranks third in the ACC with 16.7 assists per game.
•    The Blue Devils scored on 52.6 percent of their possessions and averaged 1.16 points per possession.
•    Seniors Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee scored in double figures together for the eighth time this season, combining for 38 points. Those two combine to average 35.7 points per game and have combined for at least 30 points in eight games.

Player Notes:

Quinn Cook

•    Earned his eighth straight start and finished with a career-high 12 assists to just one turnover. Since Cook took over Duke’s starting point guard duties eight games ago, Duke is averaging 82.4 points per game compared to 74.5 points per game in the two contests prior.
•    Cook’s 12 assists led directly to 25 points.
•    The 12 assists were the most by a Duke player since Greg Paulus had 15 against Valparaiso on Dec. 18, 2005. It tied for the 20th most assists in a game in school history. It was Cook’s first career double-figure assist game.

Seth Curry

•    Scored 20 points for his fourth 20-point game of the season and third straight. It was Curry’s eighth double-figure scoring game of the year. Curry is averaging 21.0 points per game over his last three contests.
•    Hit three three-pointers in the contest, giving him at least three treys in three consecutive games. Curry is shooting 52.3 percent (11-of-21) from three-point range during that span. He is shooting 41.2 percent (21-of-51) from three-point range this season.
•    With three made free throws, extended his free throw streak to eight consecutive makes. Curry is shooting .905 (38-of-42) from the free throw line this season which ranks second in the ACC.
•    Increased his career scoring total to 931, needing 69 more points to become the 61st player in school history to reach the 1,000-point barrier.

Amile Jefferson

•    Scored eight points on 3-of-6 shooting in 16 minutes. It was Jefferson’s third straight game with at least seven points. He is averaging 9.0 points per game off the bench during that span.

Ryan Kelly

•    Drew his 10th straight start and scored seven points with two blocks and an assist.
•    Added his team-leading 21st block of the season. Kelly has a block in seven consecutive games and multiple blocks in a team-high six games.

Alex Murphy

•    Hit a three-pointer for the third straight game. Murphy is 3-of-7 from three-point range this season.
•    Scored seven of Duke’s nine points during a span of 1:15 in the second half. Murphy hit all three shots – a three-pointer and two layups – during that span.

Marshall Plumlee

•    Played in his first career game after coming off the bench, along with Josh Hairston, as Duke’s first substitution. Plumlee missed Duke’s first nine games this season with a foot injury after redshirting as a freshman in 2011-12.
•    Recorded his first career block and rebound in two minutes of action.

Mason Plumlee

•    Made his 74th start at Duke and 13th consecutive start. Plumlee has started 61 of Duke’s last 64 games.
•    Finished a perfect 8-of-8 from the floor, falling one made field goal short of his career-best 9-of-9 shooting performance, which came against Lehigh in the 2012 NCAA Second Round. Plumlee has shot 50.0 percent or better in 15 consecutive games.
•    Scored at least 16 points for the 11th consecutive game, dating back to the final game of the 2012 season.
•    Scored 10 points in the first half, giving him double-digit scoring in 11 of Duke’s 20 halves this season and at least one double-figure scoring half in nine of Duke’s 10 games.
•    Added to his Duke record dunks total with two dunks, giving him 154 for his four-year career.
•    Recorded three blocks, giving him 165 for his Duke career which ranks fifth in the school record books.
•    Increased his career points total to 960 and his career rebound total to 837. Plumlee needs just 40 more points and 163 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.

Rasheed Sulaimon

•    Earned his 10th consecutive start and scored 16 points for his eighth double-figure scoring game of the season.
•    Did not make a three-pointer for the first time all season after finishing 0-of-3 from three-point range. Sulaimon was 6-of-7 from inside the three-point line.
•    Registered a career-high matching three steals for the second straight game.

Tyler Thornton

•    Played 22 turnover-free minutes while contributing five assists. Thornton has not committed a turnover in his last 41:43 of play. He has 17 assists and just three turnovers over his last three games.

Todd Zafirovski

•    Scored his second career field goal, sinking a back-to-the-basket layup as the shot clock expired. Zafirovski has five points and two rebounds in his last two games. He had zero points and two rebounds in his 10 career games prior.