Duke overpowers Hokies
Duke beat the Virginia Tech men's basketball team for the second time in three weeks at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Virginia Tech's Jarell Eddie (left) and Duke's Ryan Kelly chase a loose ball during tonight's game.
Duke’s Seth Curry celebrates a basket against Virginia Tech. Curry put the hurt on the Hokies once again, scoring 20 points and dropping five 3-pointers on his senior night.
Duke’s Ryan Kelly guards Virginia Tech’s Erick Green (11) in the first half Tuesday. Green said Duke’s fullcourt pressure forced him to pass. “Every time I got the ball, ... I see two or three people coming at me,” he said.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - Two weeks ago, Duke senior Seth Curry had an inspired outing against Virginia Tech in his final game at his father's former arena.
Curry hurt the Hokies again Tuesday, this time in his final game at his own arena.
He scored 20 points and made five 3-pointers on his senior night to help the third-ranked Blue Devils beat the Hokies 85-57 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
On Feb. 21, Curry had 22 points and five 3-pointers to help Duke cruise past Tech 88-56. He was particularly motivated in that game because it was his final visit to Cassell Coliseum, where his father, Dell, starred for the Hokies.
He was motivated again Tuesday.
"Bad luck for them," Curry said with a grin.
It was the final home game for Curry and fellow seniors Ryan Kelly (18 points, nine rebounds) and Mason Plumlee (14 points).
"You want to leave a legacy out there," Curry said. "You want to win your last [home] game. We really took it upon ourselves to do that."
"He made big shots," Tech coach James Johnson said.
Duke (26-4, 13-4 ACC) led the entire second half. The Blue Devils finished the game on a 20-2 run.
Erick Green scored 25 points for the last-place Hokies (13-17, 4-13).
"He was great tonight," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "He's a great player.
"He hasn't had all the resources around him and he still puts up those numbers."
But Duke had four players score in double figures, twice as many as Tech had.
"We've got to get other guys to step up," Green said.
Tech trailed just 38-35 at halftime. The Hokies were down only 53-47 with 12:36 to go, but Duke ended the game on a 32-10 run.
"You play against a Duke team, you don't put 40 minutes together, they're going to do what they just did to us," Green said. "They had the crowd behind their back and once they got on a run, it was a rout.
"We didn't put a 40-minute game together. I'm tired of going through the same thing over and over."
Trailing 24-18 with 9:14 left in the first half, the Blue Devils went on an 18-4 run to grab a 36-28 lead with 2:41 to go in the half. Curry had seven points in the run, which gave Duke the lead for good.
Curry had 10 points and two 3-pointers in the first half.
The Blue Devils opened the second half on a 13-4 run to build a 51-39 cushion with 15:47 remaining. Curry had two 3-pointers in the run.
Curry finished 6 of 11 from the field, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range.
"On ball screens the first half, we didn't stay with him and he got some wide-open 3s," Green said. "He had some tough 3s too."
"Guys set good screens," Curry said. "They made it a little tougher for me than last time, but I got good shots."
The Blue Devils, who sank 12 3-pointers in the first meeting, were 12 of 23 from 3-point range Tuesday.
"We didn't pay attention" to the scouting report, Green said.
The Blue Devils shot 60.7 percent from the field in the second half to Tech's 32 percent.
"Their physicality wore us down in the second half," Johnson said. "They did a very good job of going inside. ... And when they went inside, we had to collapse a little bit and they kicked it out for some 3s.
"We've got to find ways to start finishing games."
Green was 10 of 19 from the field. He credited Duke for making it tough on him by using fullcourt pressure and forcing him to pass.
"They took the ball out of my hands," Green said. "They didn't want me to bring the ball up the court.
"Every time I got the ball, ... I see two or three people coming at me."
Eddie, who has been in a slump of late, sank two 3-pointers to help the Hokies jump to an 8-1 lead.
"They came ready to play, which is a tribute to them," Krzyzewski said.
Eddie finished with 13 points. He was 3 of 10 from the field.
"It feels good to see the ball go through the hoop," he said.
Tech centers Cadarian Raines and Joey van Zegeren played only 26 minutes combined in the game because of foul trouble.
Quinn Cook scored 14 points for Duke.
VIRGINIA TECH (13-17)
Raines 0-2 0-0 0, Eddie 3-10 4-4 13, Barksdale 3-8 0-0 6, Brown 1-5 0-2 3, Green 10-19 4-6 25, Van Zegeren 2-3 0-1 4, Patrick 0-0 0-0 0, Rankin 2-3 0-0 4, Donlon 0-0 0-0 0, Beyer 1-1 0-0 2, Racer 0-0 0-0 0, Johnston 0-2 0-0 0, Wood 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 22-57 8-13 57.
Mas. Plumlee 4-10 6-8 14, Kelly 6-12 4-4 18, Cook 6-10 0-0 14, Sulaimon 2-4 0-0 5, Curry 6-11 3-4 20, Thornton 2-4 0-0 6, Murphy 1-1 0-0 2, Hairston 2-5 0-0 4, Jefferson 1-1 0-0 2, Mar. Plumlee 0-0 0-0 0, Zafirovski 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-58 13-16 85.
Halftime-Duke 38-35. 3-Point Goals-Virginia Tech 5-17 (Eddie 3-7, Brown 1-2, Green 1-4, Wood 0-2, Johnston 0-2), Duke 12-23 (Curry 5-9, Thornton 2-3, Cook 2-3, Kelly 2-7, Sulaimon 1-1). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Virginia Tech 31 (Eddie, Wood 7), Duke 37 (Kelly 9). Assists-Virginia Tech 7 (Green, Rankin 2), Duke 17 (Kelly, Mas. Plumlee 5). Total Fouls-Virginia Tech 19, Duke 13. A-9,314.
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