Duke’s final game of 2011 results in 40-point win

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Turning Point

The Blue Devils took command with an early 32-6 run and raced out to a 63-35 halftime lead.

Blue Devil Ballers

Seth Curry scored 22 points, Austin Rivers netted 20, Quinn Cook contributed 16 points and 8 assists, Josh Hairston had a career-high 13, and Tyler Thornton was 4-for-4 from downtown in scoring 12.

Duke Data

14 — 3′s by Duke in the game (14-27 3pt), a season high

19 — Consecutive points scored by Duke during a 4:16 span in the first half (longest scoring streak of the season for Duke)

54-3 — Duke’s December record under Coach K

12 — Blocks by Duke (most this season and eighth-most in school history)

Coach K’s Comments

“I thought our team played well.  We came out and not only played well offensively but defensively.  They’re a very good offense team and they’re coming off a game where they had 91 points against Oakland and beat them by 18 at Oakland.  I thought our guys were pretty focused.  We took good shots.  We hit a lot of threes, but I thought they were good threes.  Our guard play at the point was outstanding.  Quinn’s stat line to get eight assists and no turnovers and his ball pressure was really good.  Tyler hit four-for-four from three.  But again they were open shots and he knocked them down.  And it was good to see Seth  get into a good rhythm.  I think the injury that he had knocked him back a little bit.  He had a tough three or four game stretch where he just couldn’t get lift.  I just think we were fresher and played well.  One day’s rest and Penn will come in here and be a pretty good team.”

Locker Room Reaction

“I love this stretch where we play so many games so close together.  You want to play.  Practice is cool, but you’d rather get out there and play.  I’m glad, getting back from this break, we’re playing as many games as possible.”
Seth Curry

“It’s always going to be an emphasis for me.  I know I can rebound really well with my athleticism and size.  I think I’m just relaxing out there and making it my mindset to always go after the ball every time, because they’re not always going to come in your area.”
Miles Plumlee, on hitting the boards (Miles had 15 boards in the game)

“Even on (opponents’) makes we’re getting it and going and going.  Our guys are in such good shape right now.  We’ve been running and running in practice. … We’re going to try to outrun teams and score.”
Austin Rivers

“It’s like going in a heavyweight bout.  You may get in a punch or two in the early rounds.  But they wear you down with body shots.  When you let your guard down, they don’t just score two.  They score 10, they score 12, they score 14.”
Western Michigan Head Coach Steve Hawkins

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Around the Web

Box score — Stat recap

AP recap — Cook sparks Duke

Quotes — Coach and player comments

Notes — Team and player updates

Notes

*Next up: Duke opens 2012 with a January 1st game against Penn at 5 PM in Cameron (ESPNU).

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