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February 21, 2013

Duke Handles Hokies 88-56 With Threes

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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski got pretty comfortable in his seat on the visitor's bench. Aside from a few moments, there wasn't a whole lot of reason for him to stand.

The Blue Devils got hot early with a string of three-pointers and didn't let up. Duke ran up a big lead and easily coasted to an 88-56 win.

Five of the Blue Devils' six made baskets were three-pointers, three of those coming from senior guard Seth Curry. Duke built a 37-17 cushion after a three-pointer from Curry, who had a game-high 19 points at halftime on five of six made three pointers.

"Once again, it's not paying attention to the scouting report," senior guard Erick Green said. "We're shooting through gaps on Curry instead of chasing Curry. It's just crazy, man. We go over the same thing every single game. It's just so frustrating. It boils down to paying attention, that's all."

Besides a BMX bike performance at halftime, one of the few moments that incited the crowd at Cassell Coliseum was when Curry hit a three-pointer for that lead and was then whistled for a technical foul for taunting Hokies junior forward Jarell Eddie.

Krzyzewski said he wasn't pleased with Curry getting caught up in the moment, but overall, he was pleased with how he handled playing in his last game at Cassell Coliseum. Curry's father, Dell Curry, has his jersey and face hanging up on a banner in the coliseum.

"I just didn't want him to come in here, I knew his mom and dad would be here and it's a special place," Krzyzewski said. "They love Virginia Tech and they should. I just said, 'Just play.' Don't try to do anything different. You've been playing great, just play. And I thought he let the game come to him. That first half display was sensational."

Green had 13 points at halftime, but the Blue Devils shot 60 percent in the first half and had a comfortable 48-28 lead at halftime. Duke also connected on all ten of its free throws and shot 8-9 on three-pointers.

Virginia Tech meanwhile, missed all seven of its first half three-pointers and were outrebounded 16-11.

"Duke was very good tonight and we were not good at all, on both ends of the floor," coach James Johnson said. "Their pressure on the defensive end took us out of our game early and took us out of our execution early. We knew that they were coming off a loss and that they would be ready to play. We didn't respond well to that and we dug ourselves a hole and weren't able to get out of that."

The Blue Devils didn't let up to start the second half. With an 14-6 run, they pushed their lead to 62-34, which forced a Hokies timeout with 13:37 to go.

The deficit continued to mount for Virginia Tech, which missed its first 10 three-pointers. Sophomore guard Robert Brown showed the extent his slump has reached with a three-pointer from the left corner that caromed off the side of the backboard.

Green finally ended the drought behind the three-point line with one with 9:24 to play that made the deficit 68-43. But Duke slammed the door shut, as a three-pointer by freshman forward Alex Murphy upped the lead to 86-53 with under three minutes to play.

Green finished with 22 points to lead the Hokies, who next host Florida State at 6 pm Sunday. Curry had 22 points to lead the Blue Devils.

For the game, Duke shot a blistering 53.6 percent, but more importantly 12-of-17 on three-pointers.

For Green, it's another case of taking the scoring load, but getting little support. And it's a theme that he's grown more and more tired of.

"It's so frustrating to come out here and play my butt off and it just happens like this," Green said. "This is not the way I wanted to end my senior year. It just sucks right now. It sucks."


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