Duke hangs on to beat NC State, 98-85
Posted February 7, 2013
Durham, N.C. — FINAL: Duke 98, NC State 85
Duke raced out to a big lead in the first half and held on to beat NC State Thursday, 98-85, at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke was led by 30 points and 10 rebounds by Mason Plumlee and got 26 more points from Seth Curry. Richard Howell had 23 points and nine rebounds for NC State before fouling out.
After leading by as much as 22 points, NC State was able to cut the lead to eight points late in the game with possession, but did not get any closer.
3:41 2nd: Duke 86, NC State 75
NC State trimmed the lead to single digits prompting Coach K to call a timeout. Out of the stoppage, Richard Howell drew a foul on the offensive end and fouled out.
Howell departs with 23 points and nine rebounds.
7:55 2nd: Duke 82, NC State 67
Foul trouble is becoming an issue for each team, but time is running out for NC State as Duke leads by 15 points at the under-8 timeout.
For NC State, both Richard Howell and TJ Warren have four fouls. Duke has five players with three.
Free throw attempts are 32-9 in favor of Duke.
11:40 2nd: Duke 74, NC State 60
Duke has not connected from three in the second half and NC State has a pair of triples from Scott Wood as they have trimmed the gap to 14 points at the 11:40 mark.
15:44 2nd: Duke 65, NC State 46
Duke has just one field goal in the first 4-plus minutes of the second half but NC State has not been able to make a big dent in the Blue Devils' lead and still trail by 19 points.
Scott Wood, who injured his ankle late in the first half, has returned to the court for the second and has hit a three pointer.
HALF: Duke 58, NC State 37
Duke hit 10 threes in the first half and have three players in double digits as they take a 21-point lead into the locker room against NC State.
For Duke, Seth Curry has 21 points, 2 assists; Mason Plumlee has 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and a block; Quinn Cook has 12 points, 4 assists; and Rasheed Sulaimon has 9 points 4 assists.
For NC State, Tyler Lewis has 9 points, 2 assists; Richard Howell has 8 points, 5 rebounds; TJ Warren has 8 points, 4 rebounds off the bench.
1:05 1st: Duke 54, NC State 35
Duke's lead has reached 20 points before NC State rattled off eight in row. At the under-4 timeout of the first half, however, the Blue Devils have re-stretched their lead to 54-35.
Duke is 10-for-16 from long range including Quinn Cook's 4-for-4 start.
7:50 1st: Duke 37, NC State 19
Tyler Lewis has nine points and two assists for NC State but Mason Plumlee and Rasheed Sulaimon have combined for 20 points and the Blue Devils lead 37-19 at the under-8 timeout.
11:08 1st: Duke 28, NC State 11
Duke has connected on 5-of-8 three pointers and are led by Rasheed Sulaimon's nine points at the under-12 timeout as the Blue Devils lead NC State 28-11.
NC State has made just four field goals and have five points from Tyler Lewis. Meanwhile, Richard Howell has two fouls.
15:39 1st: Duke 16, NC State 5
Rasheed Sulaimon converted a three-point play on the opening possession and hit two threes on Duke's next few trips as the Blue Devils have jumped out to an early 16-5 lead on NC State at Cameron.
Seth Curry also has a three as part of his five points and Mason Plumlee has a dunk.
Tyler Lewis has all five of NC State's points.
20:00 1st: NC State at Duke
Lorenzo Brown will not play tonight for the Wolfpack. NC State's starting five will be Rodney Purvis, Calvin Leslie, Richard Howell, Scott Wood and Tyler Lewis.
For Duke, Quinn Cook, Seth Curry, Amille Jefferson, Mason Plumlee and Rasheed Sulaimon will take the court for the tip
Seeking the 48th 20-win season in school history, the fourth- ranked Duke Blue Devils play host to the NC State Wolfpack in Atlantic Coast Conference action at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday.
Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils are an impressive 19-2 on the season and have won three straight games since a loss on the road at league-leading Miami- Florida. Duke is two and a half games behind the Hurricanes (9-0) in the league standings, moving to 6-2 in league play with last weekend's 79-60 romp over Florida State in Tallahassee. Duke is a perfect 11-0 in Durham this season and has won 20 or more games in 16 straight seasons.
Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack were considered the team to beat in the ACC this season and certainly have shown flashes of that dominant play, including and 84-76 win over this same Duke club back on Jan. 12. However, since that victory NC State has dropped four of its last six games, including two straight heading into this contest. The Wolfpack fell to 5-4 in league play with last weekend's heart-breaking 79-78 loss at home to Miami.
Duke holds a 138-98 advantage in its series with NC State. The Blue Devils have won 14 straight against the Wolfpack in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
NC State poses a problem for any adversary due to the team's explosive play and overall scoring depth. The Wolfpack are one of the top shooting teams in the nation at a healthy 50.4 percent clip, ranking fifth nationally. That has led to a healthy 78.5 ppg (11th nationally). Five players come into this game averaging double figures, led by C.J. Leslie's 15.7 ppg. Richard Howell has been a beast in the paint, averaging a double-double with 12.8 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. The team also boasts of a real All-American candidate at the point in Lorenzo Brown (12.7 ppg, 6.9 apg). T.J. Warren (11.9 ppg) is a dangerous asset off the bench, while Scott Wood (11.5 ppg - 56 3-pointers) is the team's resident sniper.
The Wolfpack suffered their first home loss of the season when Miami's Reggie Johnson tipped in a ball with under a second to play to provide the Hurricanes with a one-point win. Leslie posted 18 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. Howell and Tyler Lewis finished with 15 points each, while Rodney Purvis chipped in with 13.
The Blue Devils shot a scorching 11-of-18 from behind the arc, distancing themselves from the Seminoles and earning a 19-point win over FSU. Seth Curry netted 21 points for the second straight game, finishing with five 3-pointers. Quinn Cook poured in 18 points and dished out six assists. Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively. All-American candidate Mason Plumlee though, was held in check, posting just eight points and five rebounds in the win.
Plumlee has been much more explosive on the season. He has shot .604 from the floor, ranking sixth nationally in field-goal percentage, while leading the team with 17.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Curry is the perfect complement with his long-range acumen. The senior guard is averaging 16.3 ppg and is shooting .432 from behind the arc (51-of-118). Sulaimon (11.8 ppg) and Cook (11.5 ppg) have picked up the pace at the offensive end with the absence of Ryan Kelly (13.4 ppg), who is still sidelined with a foot injury.
NC State really showed something in its rather easy win over Duke a month ago, but this game will present a much different challenge in Durham. The Blue Devils cannot afford to slip any further from Miami in the standings and NC State's inconsistent play of late has the scales tipped in Duke's favor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duke 74, NC State 70