Duke Basketball: Seth Curry Leads Blue Devils' Comeback vs NC State

Tony Giardina@@tonygiardinaCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2012

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 16:  Austin Rivers #0 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates with teammate Seth Curry #30 as the Duke Blue Devils defeat the North Carolina State Wolfpack 78-73 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 16, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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In an ACC Conference matchup on Thursday, North Carolina State had Duke backed up against the ropes, and looked to be in prime position for an upset win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Seth Curry and the Blue Devils had other ideas.

After being down 46-30 at the half, and 61-41 with just over 11 minutes to go, Duke looked destined to lose their fifth game of the season. Instead, they stormed back for a 78-73 win.

The Blue Devils shot just 30.6 percent from the floor in the first half, including an abysmal 2-for-14 from behind the arc. Meanwhile, the Wolfpack shot 54.8 percent, and looked to be in complete control going into the locker room.

Seth Curry had just 5 points at the break, but exploded in the second half for a career-high 26 points. Austin Rivers made some key shots during the comeback, but struggled from the floor; going just 4-of-13 for 16 points.

Duke didn't even have their first lead until Austin Rivers' three with 2:29 remaining in the game. It was in the midst of a huge 37-12 run for the Blue Devils to end the game. They outscored NC State 47-27 after halftime.

It was the 14th straight win for the Blue Devils against NC State at Cameron Indoor, with the last win for the Wolfpack coming in 1995.

This was a devastating loss for a talented North Carolina State program. They fall to 18-8 (7-4 ACC) but still have a chance for an at-large bid if they can keep playing at this level.

Lorenzo Brown was the high-scorer for the Wolfpack, with 19 points. C.J. Leslie added 12 points and 9 rebounds to go along with 6 blocks.

 This game was the first of a brutal three-game stretch for NC State; they go home to play Florida State on Saturday, followed by a matchup with the Tar Heels on Tuesday. Duke travels to Boston College for a Sunday evening showdown.



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