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NCAA Game Summary - Santa Clara at Duke



(Saturday, December 29th)

Final Score: (1) Duke 90, Santa Clara 77

Durham, NC (Sports Network) - Seth Curry poured in 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting, and No. 1 Duke stayed perfect with a hard-fought 90-77 victory over a game Santa Clara at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Mason Plumlee again filled the stat sheet with 22 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, while Ryan Kelly added 10 points and 11 boards in the 101st straight non-conference home win for the Blue Devils (12-0).

Kevin Foster paced Santa Clara (11-3) with 29 points, but it wasn't enough for the Broncos to post their first upset against a top-ranked opponent.

It was the fifth straight double-digit victory for Duke, though Saturday's game was hardly a blowout as the Broncos, winners of six in a row coming in, held a four-point lead early in the second half.

An elbow to the head of Plumlee five minutes after halftime woke up the sleeping giants. The Broncos were ahead, 45-44, at the time of Yannick Atanga's flagrant foul, and Plumlee's tying and go-ahead free throws ignited an 18-3 flurry, with most of the damage being done by Curry.

Curry netted 12 points during the six-minute barrage, showing off his range with a pair of 3-pointers and his ball-handling skills by getting to the rim for layups, including one that capped the surge for a 62-48 lead with just over nine minutes to play.

The closest the visitors got from there was nine after Foster hit from long range for an 84-75 game with two minutes remaining.

"I am proud of my guys; that was a heck of a win for us," Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "The last 16 minutes when they took the lead, I thought we grew even more as a team."

Duke was down early, but looked like it was about to pull away with a 17-2 run midway through the first half. A Plumlee dunk made it 25-14 before Santa Clara showed it wasn't going away quietly by scoring on seven straight possessions.

"You have to come out fighting. You have to come out ready to play and not scared," Santa Clara head coach Kerry Keating said about playing in Durham.

Keating's team trailed at the break, 38-36, before using a 7-0 run early in the second half to take a 45-41 advantage prior to Duke's push.

Game Notes

Quinn Cook chipped in 15 points for Duke, which shot 33 free throws to Santa Clara's 15 ... The Blue Devils won the rebounding battle, 40-28 ... The Broncos had just nine assists on 28 made field goals ... Evan Roquemore netted 17 points for the Broncos, who open West Coast Conference play against San Francisco next Wednesday ... Duke plays at Davidson next Wednesday in its last non-conference game.

12/29 15:47:24 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
2nd
TOR 54
NYK 43
 
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CLE
MEM
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MIA
BOS
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BRK
DET
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LAL
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WAS
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IND
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OKC
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UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
 
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
2nd
LIP 50
PEAY 43
 
2nd
DEN 33
BRY 33
 
2nd
MONT 52
SD 44
 
2nd
MTST 44
TENST 32
 
2nd
SAMF 37
LAMON 30
 
Half
SCAR 35
COKR 23
 
1st
HAMP 20
NARZ 18
 
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SDU 26
SDCHR 12
 
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BC 26
USC 24
 
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NICST 0
TROY 0
 
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BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
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EDM
DAL
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BUF
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NYR
CAR
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CHI
TOR
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WIN
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Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
 
4th
HOU 25
BAL 13
 
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CAR 17
CLE 13
 
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
 
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
 
4th
MIA 37
MIN 35
 
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
 
1st
STL 3
NYG 10
 
1st
OAK 0
BUF 0
 
1st
DAL 0
IND 0
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA