Tuesday, November 1, 2011

No. 6 Duke Defeats Reigning Champions

CURRY (Gerry Broome/AP Photo)
OK, it was an exhibition game and the reigning champs were Division II Bellarmine…

Seth Curry scored 18 points to help No. 6 Duke beat Bellarmine 87-62 in an exhibition game Saturday night.

Mason Plumlee added 16 points on 8-for-8 shooting for the Blue Devils, who pulled away with an 18-2 run midway through the second half. Miles Plumlee had 14 points and Austin Rivers had 13 points.

The Blue Devils shot 56 percent from the floor despite a 2-for-14 effort from 3-point range. Duke, which missed its first 11 3s, got its first from Tyler Thornton with 8:43 to play.

Curry delivered a four-point play on Duke’s next possession to push the lead to 73-52.

Jeremy Kendle and Luke Sprague scored 13 points each for Bellarmine, the reigning Division II champion.

The Knights weathered a 15-0 run by the Blue Devils early in the first half, pulling to 32-31 before Duke extended its advantage to 38-33 at halftime. 

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