Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 01/08/2013
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Duke 68, Clemson 40
• Duke started 15-0 for the sixth time in school history, all of which have come under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Duke’s best start came during the 1991-92 and 2005-06 seasons when the Blue Devils started 17-0. Duke also started 15-0 in 2010-11.
• Duke improved to 213-31 while playing as the No. 1 team in the country. The Blue Devils have been ranked No. 1 for 124 weeks overall, including 106 weeks under Coach K. It was Coach K’s 189th win when coaching Duke as the No. 1 team in the nation (189-26, .879).
• Duke played its 191st straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 161-30 (.843) during that span.
• The win was Duke’s 109th since the start of the 2009-10 season. Only Kentucky, Kansas and Ohio State have more wins during that span.
• The win was Duke’s fifth straight against Clemson and 27th in the last 29 meetings. Duke is 105-29 (.784) all-time against Clemson, including a 59-4 (.937) mark in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Duke won its ninth straight game in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils are 9-0 at home this season and 793-153 (.838) all-time in Cameron, including a 435-57 (.884) mark under Coach K.
• Duke bounced back from a 29.0 percent (9-of-31) shooting performance in the first half to shoot 72.0 percent (18-of-25) in the second half. The 29.0 percent was a season low for a half, while the 72.0 percent was a season high for a half.
• Duke held Clemson to 10 points in the first half, tying for the second lowest scoring output by a Duke opponent in the Coach K era. Only the 1997-98 Army team, which scored nine points in the first half on Nov. 16, 1997, scored fewer points in a half against a Coach K-led Duke team. St. John’s also scored 10 points in the first half on Feb. 26, 2007. Clemson’s 10 first-half points tie for the seventh-lowest scoring output by a Duke opponent since 1955, to which the Duke records date back.
• Duke held Clemson to 10 points or fewer in a half for the third time in series history. Clemson failed to score more than 10 points in a half on Dec. 16, 1936 and Jan. 10, 1939.
• Quinn Cook recorded his first career 20-point game and became the fourth different Duke player to score 20 points this season. Duke has had a player score at least 20 points in a game 13 times in the first 15 games of the season.
• Seth Curry scored his 1,000th career point, becoming the 62nd Blue Devil to reach that mark. Curry is the second Blue Devil this season to join the 1,000-point club, following Mason Plumlee who reached the mark on Dec. 29 versus Santa Clara.
• Neither team scored a field goal until the 14:33 mark in the first half. Duke and Clemson combined to shoot 0-of-17 during that span before Quinn Cook broke up the drought with a layup.
• Duke guards Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon combined to grab 12 rebounds. Those two combine to average 7.6 rebounds per game and both rank among the ACC’s top 10 for rebounding among players 6-foot-4 or under.
• Duke held Clemson scoreless for stretches of 3:23 and 5:06 in the first half. Duke outscored Clemson 13-0 during the second run.
• Duke opened a 16-2 run during a 9:29 span in the first half that turned a 6-5 deficit into a 21-8 lead. Duke scored 13 unanswered points during the run which began with a Mason Plumlee dunk and included three consecutive three-pointers from Tyler Thornton and Ryan Kelly. Kelly hit two during that span.
• Clemson had just one double-figure scorer – Devin Booker with 12 points – marking the fifth time this season that the Blue Devils have allowed their opponent just one double-figure scorer. Booker’s 12 points was the lowest scoring output by an opponent’s leading scorer this season.
• For the 10th time this season – and for the fourth straight game – ¬¬Duke held an opponent to fewer than 10 assists, giving up just a season-low matching three to the Tigers. The Duke season record for holding opponents to fewer than 10 assists is 17 games, set by the 2009-10 NCAA Championship team. Duke has held opponents to fewer than 10 assists in 10 or more games just nine times in school history.
• Duke’s starting five combined to score 57 of the team’s 68 points, or 83.8 percent of the team’s total scoring. Duke’s starters have scored at least 75.0 percent of the team’s total points in 14 of 15 games this season.
• Seniors Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee combined for their lowest scoring output of the season with 28 points. Those three had combined to score at least 40 points in every game this season in which all three played.
• Earned his 13th straight start and recorded his eighth double-figure scoring game of the season with a career-high 27 points. Cook added five assists, five rebounds and four steals, marking the third time in school history that a Duke player recorded at least 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals. The last to do so was Grant Hill versus Michigan State on March 20, 1994 (25 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals).
• Followed a career-low shooting performance against Wake Forest (0-of-11) with a career best, hitting 12-of-16 field goals against Clemson. The 12 made field goals were a career high.
• Cook’s four assists led directly to 12 points, including a pair of three-pointers by Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry.
• Recorded a steal for the ninth consecutive game. It was Cook’s ninth game this season with multiple steals.
• Became the 62nd player in Duke history to score 1,000 career points, improving his career total to 1,006 with the eight-point outing. Curry reached the mark on his first shot of the second half, a three-pointer that increased Duke’s lead to 32-14. Curry is the second Blue Devil to reach the 1,000-point benchmark this season, following Mason Plumlee who sits in 56th place with 1,034 points.
• Hit a pair of treys, giving him multiple three-pointers in 10 of 14 games this season. Curry is shooting .413 (31-of-75) from three-point range this season.
• Drew two charges to increase his team lead to eight.
• Played over 15 minutes for the second straight game.
• Recorded his second three-point play of the season, drawing a foul on a fast-break layup and sinking the ensuing free throw.
• Drew his 15th straight start and scored in double figures for the fifth straight game and 13th time this season.
• Notched his 40th career double-figure scoring game. Duke is 39-1 when Kelly scores in double figures.
• Increased his career scoring total to 854, needing 146 more points to reach 1,000 for his career. With a career-high average of 13.4 points per game this season, Kelly is on pace to reach that mark before the conclusion of the regular season.
• Hit both three-point attempts to extend a streak of nine consecutive games with a three-pointer and a three-point shooting percentage of at least .500. Kelly is shooting .677 (21-of-31) from three-point during that tear.
• Kelly has made 92 career three-pointers, putting him within eight treys of becoming only the second player 6-10 or taller in school history with 100 made three-pointers (Danny Ferry).
• Increased his career rebound total to 897. Plumlee needs just 103 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.
• Grabbed 10 of his 13 rebounds in the first half.
• Hauled in double-digit rebounds for the ACC-leading 10th time this season and the sixth time in Duke’s past eight games.
• Recorded his 103rd career victory at Duke. Plumlee has led Duke to a 103-17 (.858) record in games he has played.
• Ended a streak of 15 consecutive double-figure scoring games, finishing with eight points against Clemson. It was the first time all season in which Plumlee did not score in double figures.
• Also for the first time this season, finished with a shooting percentage less than .500 (3-of-9, .333).
• Earned his 15th consecutive start and grabbed a career-high matching seven rebounds. It was the third time this season that Sulaimon has recorded seven rebounds.
• Hit a three-pointer for the fifth straight game. Thornton is shooting .636 (7-of-11) from three-point range during that span.
• Recorded his first career steal, doing so on his first play of the game.