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Notes: Duke 88, Delaware 50
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Release: 12/01/2012
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Duke 88, Delaware 50

Team Notes:

•    Duke won its 98th 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.
•    Duke started 8-0 for the third time in the last five seasons. Duke was 8-0 to start the 2010-11 and 2008-09 seasons.
•    Duke improved to 112-16 all-time when ranked second in the country (AP poll). The win was Duke’s sixth in a row when playing as the second-ranked team.
•    The win was Duke’s 102nd since the start of the 2009-10 season. Only Kentucky and Kansas have more wins than Duke during that span.
•    Duke played its 184th straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 154-30 during that span.
•    For the third time this season, Duke scored over 80 points. Duke is averaging 78.8 points per game which ranks tied for third in the ACC.
•    Five Blue Devils scored in double figures, led by senior captains Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly with 18 points apiece. Duke has had at least four double-figure scorers in seven straight games.
•    With the absence of Seth Curry, who missed the game with an ankle injury he suffered against Ohio State on Nov. 28, Duke used the starting lineup of Quinn Cook, Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee, Rasheed Sulaimon and Tyler Thornton. It was the first time Duke has used those five starters this season and the first time the starting five did not include Curry.
•    Duke recorded 23 assists on 35 made field goals, good for 65.7 percent. Duke has recorded assists on at least 60 percent of its field goals in five games this season and ranks third in the ACC with 15.6 assists per game.
•    Duke’s 23 assists marked the program’s most since the 2010-11 season when the Blue Devils recorded 24 assists in a 108-62 win over UNC Greensboro. Tyler Thornton recorded 10 assists today against Delaware for Duke’s first double-digit assist game since Nolan Smith had 10 on March 13, 2011 versus North Carolina.
•    Two Blue Devils – redshirt freshman Alex Murphy and senior Todd Zafirovski – scored their first career points today versus Delaware. Freshman Amile Jefferson also recorded his first career double-figure scoring game, as did Murphy.
•    Delaware scored just 19 points in the first half, marking the first time since Feb. 16, 2011 that the Blue Devils held an opponent to less than 20 points in a half. The Blue Devils held Virginia to just 15 points in the second half that day, a 56-41 victory.
•    Duke held Delaware scoreless for a span of 6:38 in the first half, reeling off a 15-0 run during that span. The 15 consecutive points were the second most Duke has scored this season, trailing the school-record 30-0 run the Blue Devils strung together on Nov. 18 against Florida Gulf Coast.
•    The Blue Devils scored on 53.9 percent of their possessions and averaged 1.13 points per possession.
•    Duke’s starting five combined to score 61 of the team’s 88 points, or 69.3 percent of the team total. On the season, Duke starters combine to average 69.6 points per game, or 88.4 percent of Duke’s total scoring. The Delaware game marked the first time all season that Duke’s starters failed to score at least 75 percent of the team’s total points.
•    Senior captains Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee scored in double figures together for the seventh straight game, combining for 36 points. Those two and fellow senior Seth Curry combine to average 45.9 points per game, which is 58.3 percent of Duke’s total scoring. Together, they have 21 double-figure scoring performances in Duke’s eight games.

Player Notes:

Quinn Cook

•    Earned his sixth straight start.
•    Recorded six assists and scored eight points, giving him at least six assists and eight  points in five games this season.
•    Cook’s six assists led to 15 points and set up three Duke three-pointers.
•    Knocked down two three-pointers, giving him multiple treys for the fourth time this season. Cook is shooting .440 (11-of-25) from three-point range this season and has shot 40.0 percent or better in six games.
Seth Curry
•    Missed the game with an ankle injury, snapping a streak of 19 consecutive starts and 78 consecutive games played. Curry had never missed a game in his Duke career.

Josh Hairston
•    Matched a career high with six rebounds.
•    Played at least 10 minutes for the fifth time this season.

Amile Jefferson
•    Recorded his first career double-figure scoring game, finishing with 12 points off the bench. Jefferson’s 12 points were the most by a Duke player off the bench since Mason Plumlee scored 17 against North Carolina on March 3, 2012.
•    Converted the first three-point play of his career, drawing a foul on a layup and sinking the ensuing free throw.
•    Played a career-high 21 minutes while also chipping in six rebounds. Three of his rebounds came on the offensive end.

Ryan Kelly
•    Drew his eighth straight start and scored in double figures for the seventh straight game.
•    Hit multiple three-pointers for the second straight game.
•    Matched a career high with eight made field goals while shooting 61.5 percent (8-of-13) for the game.
•    Continued his strong play on the defensive end, recording two steals and his team-leading 18th block of the season. Kelly has a block in seven of eight games this season and averages 2.3 blocks per game.  His 18 blocks rank among the top 25 in the NCAA.

Alex Murphy
•    Filled the stat sheet with 10 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one block. Murphy recorded his first made field goal, made three-point field goal, made free throw, points and steal in the game.
•    Murphy did not score until the 11:21 mark in the second half. Beginning with a layup he hit at that point – that gave him his first career points – Murphy contributed 10 points, five rebounds, a block and a steal the rest of the way. He did not leave the court for the rest of the game.
•    Played a career-high 21 minutes.

Mason Plumlee
•    Made his 72nd start at Duke. Plumlee has started 59 of Duke’s last 62 games.
•    Added to his Duke record dunks total with one dunk, giving him 150 for his four-year career.
•    Recorded his ACC-leading fifth double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. It was Plumlee’s 23rd career double-double, which is the most among active ACC players.
•    Increased his career points total to 926 and his career rebound total to 814. Plumlee needs just 74 more points and 186 more rebounds to become the ninth player in school history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
•    With three blocks, increased his career blocks total to 162 which ranks fifth on Duke’s all-time list.
•    Scored 10 points in the first half, giving him double-digit scoring in nine of Duke’s 16 halves this season and at least one double-figure scoring half in seven of Duke’s eight games.
•    Scored at least 16 points for the ninth consecutive game, dating back to the final game of the 2012 season.
•    Shot 6-of-9 (.667) from the floor to extend a streak of shooting over 50 percent from the field to 14 consecutive games.

Rasheed Sulaimon
•    Earned his eighth consecutive start and scored in double figures for the seventh straight game.
•    Hit a three-pointer for the eighth straight game.
•    Recorded a career-high six assists.
•    Recorded four rebounds for the third consecutive game, holding his rebounding average at 4.3 rebounds per game. That ranks as the highest mark in the ACC among players under 6-foot-5.

Tyler Thornton
•    Drew his third start of the season in place of teammate Seth Curry, who missed the game with an injury.
•    Recorded a career-high 10 assists, becoming the first Duke player since Nolan Smith on March 13, 2011 to record at least 10 assists in a game. The outing improved Thornton’s season assist average from 2.1 to 3.1 per game.
•    Grabbed six rebounds, falling one shy of his career high.

Todd Zafirovski
•    Scored the first bucket of his career, taking a pass in the lane from Tyler Thornton and dropping it in for a layup.
•    Played a career-high five-plus minutes, entering at the 5:30 mark in the second half and staying on the court for the remainder of the game.  
•    Recorded his second career block.