Duke pulls away from Elon in 76-54 win

Posted December 20, 2012


FINAL: Duke 76, Elon 54

In a game that was tied at 25 with three minutes remaining in the first half, Duke went on a 10-2 run then dominated the second half in a 22-point win.

Mason Plumlee finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds in his seventh double-double of the season.

Duke has now started 11-0 for the 9th time under Coach K and has won 100 consecutive non-conference home games.


2:50 2nd; Duke 74, Elon 51

Ryan Kelly and Rasheed Sulaimon each have three 3-pointers and the Blue Devils have hit 11 as a team as their lead has grown to 23 points on Elon.

Sulaimon, Kelly and Plumlee are all three in double digits scoring while guard Quinn Cook is second on the team tonight with seven rebounds.

Duke has also forced eight Elon turnovers in the second half.


7:48 2nd: Duke 58, Elon 41

Duke used an 11-0 run to really break the game open and Mason Plumlee is up to 21 points and 15 rebounds as the Blue Devils' lead is 17 at the under-8 media timeout.


11:40 2nd: Duke 49, Elon 35

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Tyler Thornton have Duke out to it's biggest lead of the game - 14 points.

For Thornton, the two triples were his first points of the game. Also, second-half turnovers are Elon 6, Duke 0.


14:55 2nd: Duke 43, Elon 32

Mason Plumlee has recorded his seventh double-double of the season in 11 games, but Duke is still not able to pull away from Elon as the second half is underway.

Plumlee has 17 points and 11 rebounds at the under-16 of the second half.


HALF: Duke 35, Elon 27

After being knotted at 25 late in the first half, Duke went on a 10-2 run to build an 8-point halftime lead on Elon.

The run had been 7-2 before Quinn Cook hit a 30-foot running three as time expired in the half.

Factors as to why the game is so close: Duke is 5-for-11 on free throws while Elon is 4-for-4; Elon has forced nine Duke turnovers, although they have committed eight and Duke's rebounding advantage is a slim 20-18.

At the break, Elon's leads the Phoenix with 11 points and four rebounds. Duke is being led by Mason Plumlee's 11 points and eight boards.


6:14 1st: Duke 23, Elon 21

Elon is playing tough and has knocked down three three-pointers to stay close with Duke who has turned the ball over seven times in the first 12 minutes of the game.

Elon's Sebastian Koch is 3-for-3 from behind the arc early and seven of the eight Blue Devils to play have turned the ball over.



The Duke Blue Devils will attempt to continue their reign as the nation's top-ranked team on Thursday night when they host the Elon Phoenix at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Following a 74-59 loss to Butler in its season opener, Elon ripped off four straight wins, highlighted by a road victory over South Carolina, 65-53. The Phoenix have since fallen back to 6-4 by losing three of their last five. They participated in the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase last Saturday against UMass, but after forcing overtime with a 3-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation, they fell in overtime, 78-73.

Not only are the Blue Devils off to a fantastic 10-0 start to the season, but they have proven their greatness by toppling some of the best teams in the country, whether it be Kentucky on Nov. 13 (75-68) or Louisville in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game (76-71), or Ohio State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (76-71). Duke stepped aside from its rigorous early-season schedule to play a much easier opponent on Wednesday night, taking care of visiting Cornell in an 88-47 final. It was the 99th straight non-conference win at home for Duke, with the last loss in such a game coming against St. John's in 2000.

Duke has a handle on the all-time series with Elon, 17-7, which includes a 98-72 triumph in the last meeting in December of 2010.

The Phoenix fought tooth and nail against UMass, and had it been able to shoot greater than 29.9 percent from the field (including 8-of-35 from 3-point range), they probably could have pulled off the win. Jack Isenbarger led the way with 22 points, but that was mostly a product of his high volume of field goal attempts (6-of-20). He also added six rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Lucas Troutman recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Sebastian Koch narrowly missed one with 15 points and nine boards. Elon hasn't been particularly efficient with its field goal attempts this season (.393), but it's able to hold on to a plus-6.4 scoring margin by playing tight defense (.391 FG percentage allowed). Isenbarger (14.7 ppg) makes his shots at just a 35.4 percent clip, but he's able to offset that somewhat by shooting 84.8 percent from the foul line. Troutman (14.6 ppg) has been great in the paint with 6.4 rpg, 2.4 bpg and 1.6 spg.

Duke's 41-point victory over Cornell was its most dominant win of the season, and most of the onslaught came in the second half where it outscored the Big Red by a 47-17 margin. The Blue Devils shot a lofty 56.7 percent from the field and won the turnover battle by an astounding 26-10 margin. Seth Curry was fantastic, shooting 7-of-10 from the floor for 20 points, while Mason Plumlee was perhaps even better, making all eight of his field goal attempts for 18 points, adding nine rebounds and three blocks as well. Rasheed Sulaimon chipped in 16 points and three steals. Without question, Plumlee has been one of the nation's elite players this season, as he's shooting greater than 61 percent from the floor for 18.9 ppg. He's more than just a scorer, adding 11.1 rpg and nearly two blocks per contest. Seth Curry (16.5 ppg) is also an outstanding scorer, making more than 40 percent of his 3-pointers and better than 90 percent of his free throws. Rounding out perhaps the best starting lineup in the country is Sulaimon (13.4 ppg), Ryan Kelly (11.8 ppg) and Quinn Cook (10.4 ppg).

Playing on back-to-back nights could cause Duke to come out a bit sluggish, but as one of the most disciplined and talented teams in the nation, it will surely overcome any level of fatigue, especially playing at home against an inferior opponent. It might not be the blowout they just enjoyed, but the Blue Devils shouldn't have to sweat this one out for long.


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  • richnbeccawood2 Dec 20, 2012

    100-0 non conferance wins at home :) GO DUKE

  • MoDuke v2 is gone Dec 20, 2012

    Even carolina could give Duke a good battle tonight.

  • VT1994Hokie Dec 20, 2012

    I'm impressed with Elon's patience and discipline. Well coached.

  • StunGunn Dec 20, 2012

    OK, I know Elon has no chance, but it's good to see a team like Elon test Duke. I like Elon's HC; seems like a great guy with a great attitude.

  • StunGunn Dec 20, 2012

    Make that Duke by 1

  • StunGunn Dec 20, 2012


    Right now, it's Duke by 2:)

  • bullred44 Dec 20, 2012

    Duke by 50. Seriously.

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