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Notes: Duke 73, Georgia Tech 57
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Release: 01/18/2013
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Duke 73, Georgia Tech 57

Team Notes:

•    Duke won its 10th consecutive home game in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils are 794-153 all-time in Cameron and 435-57 at home under Mike Krzyzewski.
•    Duke’s 16-1 start ranks tied for the third best start in school history with 13 other Duke squads, the last of which was the 2010-11 Duke team. The only other starts better than Duke’s current 16-1 mark came in 2005-06 and 1991-92 when Duke was 17-0.
•    Duke played its 193rd straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 162-31 (.839) during that span.
•    Duke improved to 66-23 all-time against Georgia Tech, including a 32-5 mark in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke is now 51-18 against the Yellow Jackets under Coach K. The win was Duke’s fifth straight against the Yellow Jackets and 29th in the last 32 meetings.
•    The win was Duke’s 900th regular season ACC victory against teams currently in the ACC.
•    The win was Coach K’s 943rd as a head coach, 37 more than the next closest coach (Jim Boeheim, Syracuse – 906).
•    Duke continued its string of slow starts, scoring just four points in the first five minutes of the game. Duke is averaging just 8.0 points over the first five minutes of games this season. The Blue Devils average 70.5 points over the remaining 35 minutes.
•    Guards Seth Curry and Rasheed Sulaimon combined to shoot 9-of-11 (.818) from three-point range. Curry was 6-of-7 and Sulaimon 3-of-4.
•    Duke dramatically improved its shooting from the field from the first half to the second half, shooting 25.8 percent better from the field overall (27.3 to 53.1) and 23.6 percent better from three-point range (36.4 to 60.0).
•    Duke showcased a balanced offense, scoring 30 points from three-point range and 32 in the paint.
•    Duke trailed 26-19 with 4:37 remaining in the first half before opening a 25-5 run that stretched into the second half. Duke allowed just one Georgia Tech field goal to end the first half and then opened the second frame with a 17-3 run that put the Blue Devils ahead 44-31.
•    During Duke’s run to close out the first half, the Blue Devils got back-to-back three-pointers from Rasheed Sulaimon and Seth Curry before Amile Jefferson cut the deficit to one point with a layup on the final possession of the half.
•    The Blue Devils stormed out of halftime with a 17-3 run. The inside duo of Mason Plumlee and Amile Jefferson combined to score three straight buckets during that stretch while Seth Curry added a pair of three-pointers.
•    Plumlee scored 12 of his points when he was on the floor with Jefferson and four – all in the first half – when Jefferson was on the bench.
•    Duke trailed at the half for only the third time all season and for the second straight game. The Blue Devils also trailed No. 4 Ohio State and No. 20 N.C. State at halftime.
•    Duke forced 21 Georgia Tech turnovers and converted those opportunities into 28 points. Duke forced 21 turnovers on 69 Georgia Tech possessions, or one turnover on every 3.2 possessions.
•    For the 11th time this season ¬¬Duke held an opponent to fewer than 10 assists, giving up just seven to the Yellow Jackets. 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.
•    Seniors Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee combined to score 40 points. Those two have scored 30 or more points 11 times this season and combine to average 34.3 points per game as the ACC’s second-most productive scoring duo.

Player Notes:

Quinn Cook

•    Earned his 15th straight start and scored seven points with five assists, three steals, a block and three rebounds. Cook is averaging 12.8 points and 7.8 assists per game since beginning ACC play and owns a 3.9:1 assist-to-turnover ratio in Duke’s four league games.
•    Recorded his 100th assist of the season. Duke did not have a single player record 100 assists in 2011-12 despite having a player eclipse that mark in 29 consecutive seasons prior.
•    Delivered at least five assists for the 10th time this season and held his season assist average at 6.1 per game. With an average of 11.5 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).
•    Recorded three steals to increase his team-leading total to 32. Cook has multiple steals in 10 games this season.

Seth Curry
•    Matched a career high with six made three-pointers, doing so on seven attempts. Curry’s .857 shooting percentage from beyond the arc tied the school single-game record (minimum five attempts), set by four others: Bobby Hurley (vs. Southern Illinois, 3/18/1993), Trajan Langdon (vs. St. Joseph’s, 11/20/1996), Steve Wojciechowski (at North Carolina, 3/2/1997) and J.J. Redick (at Georgia Tech, 2/26/2003).
•    Scored in double figures for the third straight game against Georgia Tech and increased his scoring average to 16.0 against the Yellow Jackets.
•    After missing his first three-point attempt of the game, hit six in a row including all four in the second half.
•    Led Duke in scoring for the eighth time this season (7-1) and 16th time in his Duke career (14-2).
•    Notched his eighth 20-point game of the season (7-1) and 15th of his career (12-3).
•    Hit 7-of-14 shots from the floor overall for his eighth game of the season shooting 50.0 percent or better.

Josh Hairston
•    Drew his second straight start and played double-digit minutes for the fourth straight game.

Amile Jefferson
•    Was Duke’s first player off the bench and played a career-high 28 minutes.
•    Complemented Mason Plumlee down low, pulling down a career-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-figure rebounding performance. Jefferson also added six points, two steals and a block.
•    Pulled down six of his 10 rebounds on the offensive glass. The six offensive rebounds were the second most by a Duke player this season, trailing only Plumlee’s eight against Elon on Dec. 20.
•    Played 17 of 20 minutes in the second half.

Mason Plumlee
•    Bounced back from a first half in which he went 2-of-12 from the floor to score 10 points in the second half on 5-of-8 shooting.
•    Recorded his ACC-leading 11th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Plumlee has three double-doubles in four ACC games and double-figure rebounds in all four league matchups.
•    Scored in double figures for the 16th time in Duke’s 17 games. Plumlee ranks second in the ACC with 17.4 points per game.
•    Hauled in double-digit rebounds for the ACC-leading 11th time this season and the seventh time in Duke’s past nine games. Plumlee ranks fifth nationally with 11.5 rebounds per game. The Coach K-era rebounding record is 11.2 boards per game, set by Shelden Williams in 2005.
•    Increased his career rebound total to 921. Plumlee needs just 79 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.
•    Notched multiple blocks in a game for the ninth time this season and 45th time in his Duke career. Plumlee ranks fifth on Duke’s career blocks list with 176 rejections.
•    Added three steals, giving him seven steals in his last two games.
•    Scored 10 points in the second half, giving him double-digit scoring in 17 of Duke’s 34 halves this season and at least one double-figure scoring half in 14 of Duke’s 17 games.

Rasheed Sulaimon
•    Scored in double figures for the 11th time this season. Sulaimon broke out of a scoring slump by shooting 5-of-8 from the floor for his second double-figure scoring game in Duke’s last six outings.
•    Matched a career high with three made three-pointers while shooting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
•    Converted his fifth three-point play of the season.