Duke rolls over Wake Forest in ACC opener, 80-62
Posted January 5, 2013
Durham, N.C. — FINAL: Duke 80, Wake Forest 62
Behind the hot shooting of Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry, Duke rolled to a 80-62 win over Wake Forest Saturday in their ACC opener.
Kelly and Curry each poured in 22 points, Mason Plumlee had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, Rasheed Sulaimon talled 12 points and Quinn Cook added 14 assists.
For Wake Forest, Travis McKie has a big second half to close with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
3:17 2nd: Duke 75, Wake 60
Ryan Kelly has fouled out with a season-high 22 points and Duke has gone to many bench players to close out the ACC opener against Wake as they lead by 15 points at the final media timeout.
Quinn Cook has a career-high 14 assists to just one turnover as he has controlled the court for the Blue Devils.
7:46 2nd: Duke 67, Wake 48
Mike Krzyzewski went to the bench for a few minutes, spelling his starters, and Wake made a run to get back within 19 points but Duke continues to be in control in their ACC opener.
11:14 2nd: Duke 65, Wake 40
Duke's ball movement continues to be a contributing factor in their offense as they now have 17 assists on 24 made field goals and their lead has stretched to 25 points midway through the second half.
15:45 2nd: Duke 58, Wake 36
Duke came out of the break hot from the floor, scoring 17 points before the first media timeout and forcing Wake to call one in the meantime as their lead has now reached 22 points.
Ryan Kelly has a season-high 22 points and Seth Curry is keeping pace with 20. Quinn Cook has reached the 10 assist plateau.
HALF: Duke 41, Wake 30
Duke led by as many as 17 points, but did not get a field goal in the final four minutes of the half and Wake has cut the advantage to 11 points at halftime.
Ryan Kelly leads all scorers with 17 points. Duke is leading the turnover margin 13-4 and has an assist on all 12 field goals.
Duke is 9-for-16 on 3-pointers but just 3-17 on 2-pointers.
For Wake Forest, CJ Harris leads the way with nine points and three assists. Three players go to half with three fouls.
3:53 1st: Duke 38, Wake 21
Seth Curry has hit three 3-pointers and joined Ryan Kelly in double figures in the first half as Duke's lead has reached 17 points on Wake Forest.
7:56 1st: Duke 29, Wake 19
It took Duke until the 9:03 mark, but they finally got their first 2-pointer of the game on an alley-oop from Quinn Cook to Mason Plumlee and the Blue Devils lead has reached double digits.
Duke has nine made field goals and nine assists as a team, led by Cook's five. They have also hit 7-for-8 on 3-pointers.
11:38 1st: Duke 22, Wake 14
Ryan Kelly continues his hot start and has 13 points with the help of three 3-pointers as Duke has opened up an 8-point advantage on the Deacons.
Through two media timeouts, Duke has made six 3-point baskets and are yet to score from inside the arc. Quinn Cook, meanwhile, has four assists in 8 minutes of game time.
15:31 1st: Duke 10, Wake 7
Ryan Kelley came to play for Duke in the ACC opener as he has hit a 3-pointer and knocked down four free throws in the early going and the Blue Devils are staked to a 10-7 lead.
Kelley is also getting it done on the defensive end by taking a charge.
Wake foul trouble is becoming an early issue as guard Codi Miller-McIntyre picked up two quick ones and the team has four in four minutes.
20:00 1st: Duke vs. Wake Forest
Starters for Duke are the usual cast: Quinn Cook, Rasheed Sulaimon, Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee.
The top-ranked Duke Blue Devils put their unblemished record on the line on Saturday, as they open up ACC play against local rival Wake Forest.
Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils closed out non-conference play with a 67-50 win over Davidson in Charlotte on Wednesday. The win moved Duke to 13-0 on the year, one of just three teams left unbeaten in Division I play (Michigan, Arizona).
Jeff Bzdelik's Demon Deacons have had their ups and downs in non-conference play, sporting a 7-5 overall record. The team does enter league play with a little bit of momentum though, having won three straight games, including a 66-59 win over Xavier on Wednesday in the Skip Prosser Classic.
This is the most played series in Duke history, with this game marking the 238th all-time meeting. Duke holds a sizeable 160-77 advantage in the all-time series with Wake Forest, including wins in each of the last five meetings.
The Demon Deacons trailed in the second half against Xavier, but went on a 12-0 run late to earn the win. Travis McKie led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds. Codi Miller-McIntyre poured in 16 points, while C.J. Harris finished with 15. Devin Thomas proved vital on the boards, grabbing a season- high 14 rebounds.
The Demon Deacons are averaging a steady 70.4 ppg and doing so on .459 shooting. Wake has a solid one-two punch in McKie and Harris. McKie leads the team in both scoring (14.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg), but is shooting a mediocre .431 overall. Harris is a much more efficient .520 shooter, putting up 14.3 ppg. Miller-McIntyre is a distant third in the scoring column at 8.5 ppg, while serving as the team's top distributor (3.0 apg).
Sitting atop the national polls, Duke has flourished at both ends of the floor, averaging 80.1 ppg, while limiting opponents to just 61.8. The team can score from anywhere on the floor, shooting .482 overall, including an impressive .417 from behind the arc.
Mason Plumlee has established himself as one of the premier low post players in the country. The 6-foot-10 senior is shooting 63.4 percent from the field and leads Duke in both scoring (18.8 ppg) and rebounding (11.2 rpg). Seth Curry gives the team perimeter balance at 16.2 ppg, shooting 40.6 percent from behind the arc. Ryan Kelly (12.8 ppg), Rasheed Sulaimon (11.8 ppg) and Quinn Cook (11.1 ppg) give the team unmatched depth.
Gaudy offensive numbers weren't needed against Davidson this week, as Duke showed its defensive prowess instead. The Blue Devils held the Wildcats to a mere 30.4 percent shooting, including just 21.1 percent from 3-point range (4- of-19).
Four Blue Devils finished in double figures in the win, led by Kelly's 18 points. Cook added 15, while Plumlee and Tyler Thornton chipped in 10 points apiece.