NCAA Game Summary - North Carolina State at Duke|
(Thursday, February 7th)
Final Score: (4) Duke 98, North Carolina State 85
Durham, NC (Sports Network) - Mason Plumlee totaled a game-high 30 points to
go with nine rebounds as No. 4 Duke used a strong first half to subdue
North Carolina State, 98-85, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Seth Curry had 26 points and Quinn Cook added 21 with four assists for the
Blue Devils (20-2, 7-2 ACC), who have won four straight and avenged an 84-76
defeat in Raleigh on Jan. 12 which knocked the program from the top ranking in
Richard Howell posted 23 points and nine boards for the Wolfpack (16-7, 5-5),
who have lost three in a row and five of seven. C.J. Leslie poured in 16
points and Scott Wood contributed 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting beyond the arc
in a losing effort.
The Wolfpack threw a bit of a scare into the Blue Devils, climbing to within
84-75 with 4:36 remaining on a Howell jumper, but Cook drained a jumper and
Plumlee sank two free throws for a 13-point edge just over a minute later.
It was a nine-point margin once more, 91-82, after Rodney Purvis connected on
a lay-in with 1:41 remaining. After Cook's two from the line, a Wood triple
shrank the deficit to 93-85.
That proved to be the final points for the visitors, as Duke salted away the
victory on two from the line by Curry and a three-point play from Plumlee.
"When you lose, you never feel really good, but our guys battled hard and
never quit," NC State head coach Mark Gottfried said. "We just couldn't get
one or two more stops and scores at the same time right when we needed to."
Duke led 8-2 early on, then stretched its advantage to 16-5 with 4 1/2 minutes
played thanks to a Rasheed Sulaimon triple.
It was 22-6 for the hosts after a Plumlee slam just after the seven-minute
mark, and Cook made consecutive treys around a Wood 3-pointer for a 28-9 score
one minute later.
"Shots were falling," Plumlee said of the first half.
NC State finally awoke, and managed to pull within 41-29 on a T.J. Warren
layup inside of five minutes left in the half, but the hosts surged once more
and led 58-37 at the break after a Curry bucket capped a 10-2 run.
Duke maintained a healthy double-digit lead throughout the early portion of
the second half until NC State's 8-2 burst, beginning on a Purvis layup with
7:11 left in the contest, reducing its deficit below double digits.
Duke won its 15th straight over NC State on its home floor ... The Blue Devils
also came away with their 48th 20-win season in program history, and the 17th
in a row since an 18-13 campaign in 1995-96 ... Sulaimon ended with 11 points
and five rebounds, while Warren totaled 12 points and seven rebounds.
02/08 00:22:11 ET