Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 12/20/2012
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Duke 76, Cornell 54
• Duke started 11-0 for the 13th time in school history and the 10th time under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils have started 11-0 in two of the past three seasons and six times since the 2001-02 season.
• Duke improved to 209-31 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 185th win when coaching Duke as the No. 1 team in the nation (185-26, .877).
• Duke played its 187th straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 157-30 during that span.
• The win was Duke’s 105th since the start of the 2009-10 season. Only Kentucky, Kansas and Ohio State have more wins during that span.
• Duke shot 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from three-point range, marking the third time this season the Blue Devils have shot over 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. Four Blue Devils – Rasheed Sulaimon (3-of-4), Ryan Kelly (3-of-5), Quinn Cook (2-of-3) and Tyler Thornton (2-of-3) – hit multiple three-pointers and shot at least 66.7 percent from beyond the arc.
• By scoring 35 points in the first half, Duke snapped a streak of seven consecutive halves with at least 40 points. Duke has scored at least 40 points in 12 of 22 halves this season.
• Duke ended the first half on a 10-2 run that turned a 25-25 tie into a 35-27 Duke advantage. Quinn Cook hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to put Duke ahead by eight entering the break.
• Duke hit seven straight three-pointers in the second half. The Blue Devils missed their first six treys in the second half, but shot 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from three-point range for the game. It was Duke’s second highest three-point percentage of the season and tied for the second most made three-pointers.
• Four Blue Devils scored in double figures, led by senior Mason Plumlee with 21 points. Duke has had at least four double-figure scorers nine times this season and at least three double-figure scorers in every game.
• Duke’s starting five combined to score 66 of the team’s 76 points, or 86.8 percent of the team total. On the season, Duke starters combine to average 69.5 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 10 of 11 games this season.
• Duke’s bench did not attempt a shot for the entire first half. The group combined for 10 points with eight of those coming from Tyler Thornton.
• Seniors Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee combined to score 43 points, marking the 10th time this season that the trio has combined for at least 40 points. The only time they did not account for 40 points was against Delaware when Curry missed his first career game at Duke. Plumlee and Kelly combined for 36 points that night.
• Earned his ninth straight start and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds to go with 10 points, three assists and four steals.
• Cook’s eight rebounds were the most by a Duke guard since Austin Rivers had nine against Miami on Feb. 5, 2012. It was the most by a Duke point guard since Nolan Smith had nine against Marquette on Nov. 22, 2010.
• Cook committed just one turnover in 36 minutes of play, improving his assist-to-turnover ratio to 2.36:1 on the season. Cook has just four turnovers – compared to 25 assists – over his last 125 minutes of play.
• Sank his team-leading 22nd three-pointer of the season on 1-of-4 shooting from beyond the three-point line. It was Curry’s 150th career three-pointer at Duke.
• Missed consecutive free throws in a game for only the third time in his Duke career. Curry was fouled on his first shot of the game – a three-pointer from the corner – and missed all three free throws. The only other times that Curry has missed back-to-back free throws were on Feb. 5, 2012 against Miami and Feb. 5, 2011 against N.C. State. Curry has missed more than two free throws in a game at Duke just one time during his career (2-of-6 vs. N.C. State, Feb. 5, 2011).
• Increased his career scoring total to 939, needing 61 more points to become the 61st player in school history to reach the 1,000-point barrier.
• Drew his 11th straight start and scored 14 points for his ninth double-figure scoring game of the season. Kelly has scored 10+ points in nine of his last 10 games.
• Knocked down three three-pointers on five attempts to tie a season high. Kelly has 81 career made three-pointers, putting him within 19 treys of becoming only the second player 6-10 or taller in school history with 100 made three-pointers (Danny Ferry).
• Added three assists and five rebounds, including three offensive boards. Kelly has five or more rebounds five times this season.
• Added his team-leading 22nd block of the season. Kelly has a block in eight consecutive games and multiple blocks in a team-high six games.
• Made his 75th start at Duke and 14th consecutive start. Plumlee has started 62 of Duke’s last 65 games.
• Recorded his ACC-leading seventh double-double of the year with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Plumlee has a double-double in six of Duke’s past eight games. It was Plumlee’s 25th career double-double which also leads all active ACC players.
• Put together his fourth 20-point game of the season, tying Seth Curry for the most by a Duke player this season. It was Plumlee’s sixth career 20-point scoring game.
• Hauled in at least 15 rebounds for the third time this season, including a career-high eight offensive boards.
• Hit 9-of-14 shots from the floor, giving him a shooting percentage of .500 or better in 15 consecutive games.
• Scored at least 16 points for the 12th consecutive game, dating back to the final game of the 2012 season.
• Scored 11 points in the first half, giving him double-digit scoring in 12 of Duke’s 22 halves this season and at least one double-figure scoring half in 10 of Duke’s 11 games.
• Added to his Duke record dunks total with three dunks, giving him 157 for his four-year career.
• Increased his career points total to 981 and his career rebound total to 852. Plumlee needs just 19 more points and 148 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 11th consecutive start and scored 13 points for his ninth double-figure scoring game of the season.
• Hit 3-of-4 three-pointers and shot 5-of-10 from the floor. It was Sulaimon’s third game this season with at least three three-pointers and the most efficient three-point shooting of his career. Sulaimon finished 3-of-4 (.750), setting a career high for three-point percentage in games in which he has attempted at least two treys.
• Dished out four assists, increasing his season total to 31 which ranks third on the team behind Duke point guards Quinn Cook (66) and Tyler Thornton (36). Three of Sulaimon’s assists set up made three-pointers. His four assists led to 11 total points for Duke.
• Extended his turnover-free streak to 64:39 before committing a turnover with 5:45 remaining in the second half. Thornton had 10 assists during his turnover-free run.
• Scored eight points off the bench, shooting 3-of-4 from the floor and 2-of-3 from three-point range. The eight-point effort ties for Duke’s third-highest scoring output off the bench this season.
• Hit back-to-back three-pointers within a 32-second span in the second half. His consecutive treys sparked Duke’s run of seven straight made three-pointers.