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Duke 90, Santa Clara 77

Team Notes:

•    Duke started 12-0 for the 14th time in school history and the ninth 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.
•    The Blue Devils extended their non-conference home win streak to 101 consecutive wins. Duke’s last home loss against a non-conference opponent came on Feb. 26, 2000 against St. Johns, 83-82.
•    Duke improved to 210-31 while playing as the No. 1 team in the country. The Blue Devils have been ranked No. 1 for 124 weeks overall, including 106 weeks under Coach K. It was Coach K’s 186th win when coaching Duke as the No. 1 team in the nation (186-26, .877).
•    Duke played its 188th straight game as a top-10 team. The Blue Devils are 158-30 during that span.
•    The win was Duke’s 106th since the start of the 2009-10 season. Only Kentucky, Kansas and Ohio State have more wins during that span.
•    Mason Plumlee became Duke’s 61st 1,000-point scorer. Plumlee scored 22 points against Santa Clara to push his career total to 1,003. Seth Curry, who scored a career-high 31 points against Santa Clara, is the next player in line to score 1,000 points at Duke with a career total of 970 (does not include 707 points at Liberty in 2008-09). Duke ranks third in NCAA history with 61 1,000-point scorers.
•    Plumlee and Curry both topped the 20-point mark, marking the second time this season that Duke has had two 20-point scorers. Those two also scored 20+ points apiece against Minnesota on Nov. 22 in the Battle 4 Atlantis. It was the first time since March 5, 2011 against North Carolina that Duke had a 30-point scorer and 20-point scorer in the same game.
•    Santa Clara staked a 45-41 lead four minutes into the second half, but Duke pulled away following a 21-3 run over the next 6:30 that gave Duke a 62-48 lead. Seth Curry scored 12 of 16 Duke points during a 16-3 run within that stretch.
•    Duke pulled away in the first half with a 17-2 run that included four Duke three-pointers. Santa Clara shot 1-of-10 from the field and committed three turnovers during the run. Santa Clara, however, countered with a 16-4 run of their own that cut an 11-point deficit to one-point lead with under three minutes remaining in the first half.
•    Santa Clara guard Kevin Foster scored 29 points, which was the most scored by an individual against Duke since Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum scored 30 in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament on March 16. It was the highest scoring output by an opponent in Cameron Indoor Stadium since St. John’s Moe Harkless scored 30 on Jan. 28, 2012.
•    For the eighth time this season, Duke held an opponent to fewer than 10 assists. The record for holding opponents to fewer than 10 assists is 17 games, set by the 2009-10 NCAA Championship Duke team. Duke has held opponents to fewer than 10 assists in 10 or more games just eight times in school history.
•    Trailing 34-31 with 2:21 remaining in the first half, Duke scored seven unanswered points to reclaim the lead entering halftime. Seth Curry tied the game with a three-pointer and added a layup with under a minute remaining to finish with 13 first-half points.
•    Duke led, 38-36, at halftime. The Blue Devils have led at the half in 11 of 12 games this season, trailing only Ohio State, 31-23, at the break.
•    Four Blue Devils scored in double figures, led by senior Seth Curry with 31 points. Duke has had at least four double-figure scorers 10 times this season and at least three double-figure scorers in every game.
•    Duke’s starting five combined to score 84 of the team’s 90 points, or 93.3 percent of the team total. On the season, Duke starters combine to average an NCAA-leading 70.8 points per game, or 87.2 percent of Duke’s total scoring. Duke’s starters have scored at least 75.0 percent of the team’s total points in 11 of 12 games this season.
•    Seniors Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee combined to score 63 points, marking the 11th 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.

Player Notes:

Quinn Cook

•    Earned his 10th straight start and scored in double figures for the fourth time in Duke’s last five games. Cook also contributed five assists that led directly to 13 points, including three of Seth Curry’s four three-pointers.
•    Scored his 15 points on a career-high 14 field goal attempts.
•    Sank one of his two three-point attempts to hold his team-leading three-point shooting percentage at .500 (19-of-38). Cook has hit a three-pointer in five straight games.

Seth Curry
•    Set career highs for points (31) and made field goals (12) while tying his career high for field goal attempts (18).
•    Increased his career scoring total to 970, needing just 30 more points to become the 62nd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point barrier.
•    Notched the first 30-point game of his career, his fifth 20-point game of the season and 12th 20-point game of his career. Duke is 10-2 when Curry scores at least 20 points.
•    Curry was effective in both halves, scoring 13 points in the first half and 18 in the second. Curry’s 18 second-half points marked the highest scoring output by a Duke player in a half this season, surpassing Rasheed Sulaimon’s 17 second-half points in the win over No. 4 Ohio State.
•    Tied the game twice in the first half, sinking a free throw that knotted the score at 30-30 with 3:57 remaining and later a three-pointer that tied it at 34-34 with 1:39 remaining. With Duke later holding on to a slim 46-45 lead, Curry hit three straight three-pointers increase Duke’s lead to double figures.
•    Scored in double figures for the ninth time this season and the 47th time in his Duke career. Duke is 42-5 when Curry scores 10 or more points.

Ryan Kelly
•    Drew his 12th straight start and recorded his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Five of Kelly’s rebounds came on the offensive end.
•    Notched his 10th double-figure scoring game of the season and 37th of his career. Duke is 36-1 when Kelly scores in double figures.  
•    Recorded double-digit rebounds for the second time this season and fourth time in his career.
•    Hit his only three-point attempt of the game, extending his stretch of consecutive games with a three-pointer to six which ties for the second longest such streak of his career. Kelly has made 82 career three-pointers, putting him within 18 treys of becoming only the second player 6-10 or taller in school history with 100 made three-pointers (Danny Ferry).
•    Added his team-leading 23rd block of the season. Kelly has a block in nine consecutive games and multiple blocks in a team-high six games.

Mason Plumlee
•    Became the 61st player in Duke history to reach the 1,000-point barrier. Scored 22 points against Santa Clara to push his career total to 1,003, which ranks 61st on Duke’s all-time list.
•    Increased his career rebound total to 865. Plumlee needs just 135 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.
•    Recorded his 100th career victory at Duke. Plumlee has led Duke to a 100-17 (.855) record in games he has played.
•    Made his 76th overall and 15th consecutive start. Plumlee has started 63 of Duke’s last 66 games.
•    Recorded his ACC-leading eighth double-double of the year with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Plumlee has a double-double in seven of Duke’s past nine games. It was Plumlee’s 26th career double-double which also leads all active ACC players.
•    Put together his fifth 20-point game of the season, tying Seth Curry for the most by a Duke player this season. It was Plumlee’s seventh career 20-point scoring game. Duke is undefeated when Plumlee scores 20 or more points.
•    Hauled in double-digit rebounds for the eighth time this season and for the fifth time in Duke’s last six games.
•    Hit 6-of-10 shots from the floor, giving him a shooting percentage of .500 or better in 16 consecutive games.
•    Scored at least 16 points for the 13th consecutive game, dating back to the final game of the 2012 season. It was Plumlee’s 45th double-figure scoring game at Duke. The Blue Devils are 40-5 when Plumlee scores 10 or more points.
•    Scored 14 points in the second half, giving him double-digit scoring in 14 of Duke’s 24 halves this season and at least one double-figure scoring half in 11 of Duke’s 12 games.
•    Added a season-high five assists, falling one shy of matching his career high of six.  

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