Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Seth Curry led four Duke players in double
figures with 22 points, as the sixth-ranked Blue Devils buried Virginia Tech,
88-56, on Thursday at Cassell Coliseum.
Rasheed Sulaimon scored 17, Josh Hairston had 11, and Mason Plumlee posted a
double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (23-3, 10-3
ACC), who bounced back emphatically from Saturday's 83-81 setback at Maryland.
"I was proud of my guys," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I though we came
in after three really good days of practice. We worked a lot on our defense
and I thought it paid off today."
Erick Green, the nation's leading scorer, finished with 22 points to lead the
Hokies (11-15, 2-11), who have lost nine straight. C.J. Barksdale donated 14
points and eight boards in the loss.
"Duke was very good tonight and we were not good at all, on both ends of the
floor," Virginia Tech coach James Johnson admitted. "Their pressure on the
defensive end took us out of our game early and took us out of our execution
The Hokies scored the first four points of the contest, but Curry countered
with back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 14-2 Duke run that the senior sharp
shooter capped with another triple to give the Blue Devils a 14-6 lead just
over six minutes into the game.
A Tyler Thornton trey with just over nine minutes left sent the Blue Devils on
an 18-5 run that Curry capped with his fourth 3-pointer of the half to provide
the visitors with a 37-17 cushion with 4:09 left in the half.
Duke, which finished the first half 8-of-9 from long range, carried a 48-28
margin into the locker room and only increased its cushion in the second half.
The lead, which peaked at 33, never dipped below 21 in the final stanza as the
Blue Devils cruised to victory.
Duke has won five straight over Virginia Tech and owns a 41-8 advantage in the
all-time series ... Green came into the game averaging 25.3 points per game
... Thornton finished with six points and five assists for Duke ... The Blue
Devils finished 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) from beyond the arc overall, while
Virginia Tech went just 1-of-16 (6.3 percent) from long distance.