Duke Defeats NC State, 98-85

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2013

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 07:  Mason Plumlee #5 of the Duke Blue Devils grabs a rebound over T.J. Warren #24 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 7, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Duke Blue Devils (20-2, 7-2) avenged their loss from back in January against the NC State Wolfpack (16-7, 5-5) with a 98-85 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Blue Devils came out in the first half firing on all cylinders by scoring 58 points and draining 10 three-pointers.

In the second half, the explosive Blue Devils offense was subdued as the Wolfpack tried to muster a comeback.

The Wolfpack could only cut the Duke lead to nine points before the Blue Devils pulled away in the latter stages of the game. 

Mason Plumlee had a dominant performance for Duke by scoring 30 points and nine rebounds. 

Richard Howell was the top performer for NC State as he netted 23 points before fouling out with three minutes to go.