NCAA Game Summary - Virginia Tech at Duke
(Tuesday, March 5th)
Final Score: (3) Duke 85, Virginia Tech 57
Durham, NC (Sports Network) - Seth Curry posted 20 points and five rebounds as
third-ranked Duke used a dominating second half for an 85-57 win over Virginia
Tech on Tuesday.
Ryan Kelly had 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Mason Plumlee
added 14 points, seven rebounds and five helpers for the Blue Devils (26-4,
13-4 ACC), who have won four of five and close out the regular season on
Saturday at North Carolina. Quinn Cook gave 14 points and six boards in the
Erick Green had a game-high 25 points for the Hokies (13-17, 4-13), who were
coming off a win against Clemson this past Saturday and will finish the
regular season at Wake Forest on Sunday.
"Our effort tonight was good for about 30-32 minutes," said Virginia Tech head
coach James Johnson. "We came out ready to play in the first half, we just
weren't able to make the plays down the stretch that we needed to make."
Duke held a three-point lead at the break, but Plumlee scored the first four
points of the second half to start a 13-4 run that allowed the team to create
some distance. Curry hit consecutive 3-pointers for a 51-39 advantage just
over four minutes in.
A Jarell Eddie 3-pointer cut Virginia Tech's deficit to six points, 53-47, but
Duke answered with a pair of layups to push the advantage back to 10.
The Hokies hung around for the next several minutes and it was still a 10-
point game after a C.J. Barksdale jumper with just over six minutes to play,
but the Blue Devils scored the next 18 points and held their opponent without
a point for close to six minutes to put the game away.
"First of all, we picked up our defense, especially our ball screen defense,
and made it hard for guys to get into the lane," said Kelly. "It's amazing,
when our defense picks up, our offense picks up almost immediately. That has
to be something we learn from. We've seen it in the past, and we have to
continue to have that."
Virginia Tech led for much of the first half and had a seven-point lead at one
point, but an 18-4 run from Duke put the team up 36-28 with around 2 1/2
minutes to play.
However, the Hokies got the next four points and the Blue Devils eventually
took a 38-35 lead into the break.
Duke shot 51.7 percent and grabbed 37 rebounds, while Virginia Tech managed
just a 38.6 percentage from the floor and pulled down 31 boards ... Eddie gave
13 points in the loss ... Duke has won six straight and 10 of 11 against
Virginia Tech for a commanding 42-8 lead in the series.
03/05 23:21:14 ET
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