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Notes: Duke 73, Ohio State 68
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/29/2012
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Duke 73, Ohio State 68

Team Notes:

•    Duke won its 97th consecutive non-conference home game, which is the longest active streak in the NCAA. Duke’s last home non-conference loss came on Feb. 26, 2000, an 83-82 loss to St. John’s.
•    The Blue Devils defeated their third top-five opponent of the season, a feat that only three other Duke teams have accomplished. The last time Duke defeated three top-five opponents in the same season was 1998-99 (No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Kentucky, No. 4 Maryland).
•    Duke improved to 12-2 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Blue Devils lead all teams in the tournament in wins and winning percentage. Duke is 5-0 when playing ACC/Big Ten Challenge games in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
•    Duke started 7-0 for the third straight season and for the fifth time in the last six years.
•    The Blue Devils trailed at halftime for the first time all season but outscored Ohio State 50-37 in the second half. The 50-point half was Duke’s second of the season. The last time Duke used a 50-point half to overcome a halftime deficit and win the game was on Feb. 9, 2011 against North Carolina. Duke trailed 43-29 at the half in that game before outscoring the Tar Heels 50-30 in the second half to win, 79-73.
•    Duke trailed for a span of 27:47 until Ryan Kelly hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 5:42 remaining in the game. The trey put Duke ahead for good as Duke held the lead over the last 5:42 of the game.
•    The Ohio State duo of Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft entered the game with a combined average of 38.3 points per game, but Duke held the pair to 24 points in the game on 9-of-29 (.310) shooting. It was the lowest scoring output of the season for Thomas and the second lowest for Craft.
•    Trailing 51-46, Duke outscored Ohio State 27-17 over the final 7:25 of the game. Rasheed Sulaimon and Quinn Cook both had eight points during that span.
•    Duke improved to 111-16 all-time when ranked second in the country (AP poll). The win was Duke’s fifth in a row when playing as the second-ranked team.
•    As a team, Duke shot 20-of-27 (.741) from the free throw line. The Blue Devils are shooting .783 from the free throw line on the year, which would rank as the third highest clip in school history, trailing only the ACC-record .791 mark by the 1977-78 team and the .785 mark by the 1972-73 team.
•    The win improved Duke’s record to 11-18 when playing the No. 4 team in the country (AP poll).
•    The win was Duke’s 101st since the start of the 2009-10 season. Only Kentucky, Kansas and Ohio State have more wins than Duke during that span.
•    Duke played its 183rd straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 153-30 during that span.
•    In November, Duke has won 56 of its last 57 games dating back to the 2004-05 season. Duke’s lone loss during that span was on Nov. 29, 2012, at No. 2 Ohio State.
•    Trailing 42-34 with 13:02 remaining in the game, Duke opened a 10-4 run that cut the deficit to two points at 46-44. The Blue Devils got three consecutive three-pointers from Rasheed Sulaimon and Ryan Kelly to take a 56-53 lead with 5:42 remaining, which was Duke’s first lead since 14:38 in the first half.
•    Four Blue Devils scored in double figures, led by Mason Plumlee with 21 points. Duke has had at least four double-figure scorers in six straight games.
•    For the fifth straight game, Duke used the starting lineup of Quinn Cook, Mason Plumlee, Rasheed Sulaimon, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly. Those five combined to score 69 of Duke’s 73 points, or 94.5 percent of the team’s total. On the season, those five combine to average 70.9 points per game, or 91.6 percent of Duke’s total scoring. Those five have combined to score no less than 75 percent of Duke’s total scoring in any of the Blue Devils’ first seven games this year.
•    Senior captains Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee scored in double figures together for the fifth straight game, combining for 36 points. Those two and fellow senior Seth Curry combine to average 47.3 points per game, which is 61.1 percent of Duke’s total scoring. Together, they have 19 double-figure scoring performances.

Player Notes:

Quinn Cook

•    Earned his fifth straight start. Since cracking the starting lineup against Florida Gulf Coast five games ago, Cook is averaging 12.2 points, 7.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.
•    Scored in double figures for the third time in his last four games.
•    Hit all six free throws in the final 30 seconds of the game to seal Duke’s win. Cook went to the line with Duke holding on to a 66-64 lead and made both free throws. He went to the line eight seconds later and hit both shots to extend Duke’s lead to six points and sank his next two to move the lead to 72-66.
•    Recorded eight assists, giving him three games with at least eight assists this season. Cook’s eight assists led to 19 points on the night, including the go-ahead three-pointer by Ryan Kelly that put Duke ahead for the remainder of the game.

Seth Curry
•    Started his 18th consecutive game, the longest active streak among Duke players. Curry has started 52 of Duke’s last 54 games.
•    Ended his consecutive made free throw streak at 13 when he missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 36 seconds remaining in the game. 
•    With two made free throws on the night, Curry reached the minimum to qualify for Duke’s career free throw percentage list. Curry owns a .844 (201-of-238) free throw percentage for his Duke career, which ranks fourth in school history behind J.J. Redick (.912), Trajan Langdon (.862) and Jon Scheyer (.861).

Ryan Kelly
•    Drew his seventh straight start and scored in double figures for the fifth straight game. Kelly’s 15 points were a season high.
•    Hit back-to-back three-pointers within a 40-second span in the second half to tie the game and give Duke a 56-53 lead. The two treys gave Kelly his first game with multiple three-pointers this season.
•    Recorded multiple blocks for the fifth time in Duke’s seven games. Kelly has already amassed 17 blocks this season at an average of 2.43 per game.

Mason Plumlee
•    Made his 71st start at Duke. Plumlee has started 58 of Duke’s last 61 games.
•    With four dunks, broke Duke’s all-time dunks record. Plumlee has 149 dunks in his Duke career, surpassing the school record of 147 held by Robert Brickey.
•    Recorded his ACC-leading fourth double-double of the season. It was Plumlee’s 22nd career double-double, which is the most among active ACC players.
•    Matched a career high with 17 rebounds, reaching a mark that he has twice accomplished in his career, including once this season against Minnesota at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
•    Recorded his 800th rebound, becoming only the 17th player in school history to reach that mark. Plumlee ranks 17th all-time at duke with 803 career boards.
•    Scored 10 points in the first half and 11 in the second, giving him double-digit scoring in eight of Duke’s 14 halves this season and at least one double-figure scoring half in six of duke’s seven games.
•    Scored at least 16 points for the eighth consecutive game, dating back to the final game of the 2012 season.
•    Shot 6-of-11 (.546) from the floor to extend a streak of shooting over 50 percent from the field to 13 consecutive games.
•    Shot 9-of-12 (.750) from the free throw line, improving his streak of consecutive games shooting 75.0 percent or better from the line to seven games.

Rasheed Sulaimon
•    Earned his seventh consecutive start and scored in double figures for the sixth straight game.
•    After being held scoreless in the first half, scored all 17 of his points in the second half on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and 2-of-3 from three-point range.
•    Hit a three-pointer for the seventh straight game and to move his three-point shooting percentage to .412 (14-of-34). Sulaimon has hit multiple three-pointers in five of Duke’s seven games and averages 2.0 made treys per game.