Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 11/09/2012
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Duke 74, Georgia State 55
• Duke won its 95th consecutive non-conference home game, matching the longest streak in school history and extending the longest active streak in the NCAA. Against unranked non-conference opponents, Duke has won 89 straight games in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Duke improved to 79-29 in season openers, including a 30-2 mark under Coach K. Duke has not lost a season opener since 1999 (80-79 vs. Stanford), a streak of 13 consecutive season-opening victories.
• The win marked Duke’s 31st consecutive win in a home opener, a streak that began in 1983. Duke’s last loss in a home opener came on Nov. 28, 1982 against Vanderbilt by a score of 76-75 in double overtime.
• Duke’s starting lineup of Tyler Thornton, Mason Plumlee, Rasheed Sulaimon, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly combined to score 61 points or 82.4 percent of Duke’s 74 total points. Duke’s bench contributed 13 points with Quinn Cook leading the way with eight.
• Duke’s five starters each played at least 30 minutes apiece. Quinn Cook logged the most time off the bench with 21 minutes.
• Duke shot 45.8 percent (11-of-24) from three-point range with four players – Curry (3), Thornton (3), Sulaimon (2) and Cook (2) – hitting multiple treys.
• The Blue Devils scored 74 points on 68 offensive possessions (1.01 points per possession) while holding Georgia State to 55 points on 66 possessions (0.83 points per possession).
• Three Blue Devils scored in double figures. Mason Plumlee led the way with 19 points, followed by Seth Curry (15) and Tyler Thornton (13).
• The veteran backcourt trio of Quinn Cook, Seth Curry and Tyler Thornton combined to score 36 points while shooting 11-of-21 from the floor and 8-of-17 from three-point range. All three hit multiple three-pointers with Curry and Thornton hitting three apiece. Freshman guard Rasheed Sulaimon also contributed six points on a pair of three-pointers.
• Georgia State committed 16 turnovers, and Duke converted those into 16 points.
• Duke held Georgia State without a field goal for stretches of 4:19 and 3:04 in the first half. Georgia State hit just three field goals in the first 10 minutes of the game.
• The Blue Devils went on a 13-2 run starting at the 7:34 mark in the first half to turn a 17-15 lead into a 30-17 lead.
• Duke hit three straight three-pointers to open the second half on the way to extending a 10-point halftime lead to 17 points. Duke hit 6-of-7 shots during that span.
• Entered the game as Duke’s first player off the bench at the 15:52 mark in the first half, replacing senior Seth Curry. Cook logged 21 minutes of playing time.
• Scored eight points on 2-of-4 shooting, hitting a pair of three-pointers.
• Started his 12th consecutive game. Curry has started 46 of Duke’s last 48 games.
• Scored in double figures for the 38th time in his Duke career and for the third straight time in a Duke season opener. In season openers at Duke, Curry averages 15.0 points per game.
• Scored in double figures in his sixth consecutive game in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Curry has scored 10 or more points in 14 of his last 17 games on Coach K Court.
• Converted his fourth career three-point play.
• Hit a three-pointer in his 15th consecutive game, the longest active streak of any Duke player.
• Returned to the court for the first time since Duke’s 2011-12 regular season finale against North Carolina. Kelly, who started 19 games as a junior last season, missed the 2012 ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament with a foot injury.
• Dished out four assists, giving him three or more assists in six career games.
• Made his 65th start at Duke. Plumlee has started 52 of Duke’s last 55 games.
• Recorded his 19th career double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. It was his 34th time scoring in double figures and 31st with 10+ rebounds.
• Matched the third-highest scoring total of his career. It marked the second straight game in which Plumlee scored 19 points.
• Recorded four blocks, marking the eighth time in his career in which he has blocked at least four shots. It was also the seventh straight game in which Plumlee blocked a shot.
• Earned a start in his first career game, marking the third straight season Coach K has started a freshman in the backcourt of the season opener. Sulaimon is the ninth freshman guard (joining Johnny Dawkins, Tommy Amaker, Bobby Hurley, Trajan Langdon, Jason Williams, Jon Scheyer, Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers) to start the season opener for Mike Krzyzewski during his 33 seasons at Duke.
• Sank both three-point attempts on the way to six points in his debut.
• Tied for the team lead with four assists, marking the first time since the 2010-11 season that a freshman led the team or tied for the team lead in assists in a season opener (Kyrie Irving, 9 assists).
• Started his 14th consecutive game, the longest active streak on the team. Thornton started Duke’s final 13 games of the 2011-12 season.
• Matched his career high with 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range. It was Thornton’s fourth career double-figure scoring game.