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Duke Tops China, 93-78, Sweeps Series
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/22/2011
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BEIJING, CHINA – Junior Ryan Kelly scored a team-high 20 points for the second straight game and Seth Curry added 16 points to lead Duke to a 93-78 win over the Chinese Olympic Team Monday night at MasterCard Center. The Blue Devils improved to 3-0 on their tour through China, which has included stops in Kunshan, Shanghai and Beijing.

Miles Plumlee dropped in 14 points and pulled down 13 rebounds – eight of them offensive – and Mason Plumlee added 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field to help the Blue Devils complete a sweep of the three-game series with China. Austin Rivers chipped in with 11 points and Andre Dawkins had 10 points to give Duke six double figure scorers in the contest.

The Blue Devils dominated early, running out to leads of 13-2 and 28-6 as Duke made its first four 3-point attempts. Curry got off to a fast start with a pair of three-pointers and a 20-foot jump shot in the first three minutes of action. Miles Plumlee added six points during the run and finished the first half with 10 points and seven rebounds. Curry also had 10 first-half points as the Blue Devils took a 49-40 lead into the locker room.  Duke finished the half 19-35 from the field, its best shooting half of the three games in China.

Kelly took over early in the second half to thwart a spirited charge by the China team.  After China cut the lead to 50-47, the 6-foot-11 junior poured in 14 points during a decisive 18-3 run.  Rivers came up with a couple of keys steals and chipped in five points in the quarter, helping Duke enter the final period with a 70-59 lead. 

Mason Plumlee took control midway through the fourth quarter, scoring on a layup, a short turnaround jump hook, and a pair of dunks to lead the Blue Devils on a 12-1 run that put the game out of reach.

The Blue Devils went 35-of-68 (.515) from the field in the contest with the post trio of Kelly, Mason and Miles Plumlee combining to go 18-of-25 (.720) from the floor.

Chinese basketball icon Yao Ming attended the game and was presented with a Duke jersey at halftime by head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Ming also had lunch with Coach K and the rest of the Duke staff earlier in the day.

Duke wraps up its foreign tour Thursday night in Dubai against the United Arab Emirates national team. The game will be shown live on ESPNU and