Duke Defeats NC State, 98-85
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.
Duke 98, NC State 85, Final
Duke 93, NC State 85 (0:52 Second Half)
NC State had their chance to cut the lead to five but Scott Wood can not convert on a three-pointer.
Duke 93, NC State 85 (1:07 Second Half)
Scott Wood makes his expected appearance in the game with a three-pointer.
Is it too little, too late for the Wolfpack?
Duke 91, NC State 82 (1:19 Second Half)
C.J. Leslie just fouled out of the game.
The Wolfpack will have to rely on Purvis and Wood to score now.
Duke 91, NC State 82 (1:30 Second Half)
Somehow the Wolfpack are still in this game.
Scott Wood needs to make an appearance soon for the Wolfpack.
Duke 89, NC State 80 (1:52 Second Half)
After Duke gets called for a 10-second violation, Plumlee picks up his fourth personal foul.
Plumlee's foul trouble is something to keep an eye on for the final two minutes.
N.C. State's full court press has been ineffective, as Duke has easily broken through and gotten the ball into the front court— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) February 8, 2013
Duke 88, NC State 77 (2:42 Second Half)
Purvis makes a bucket for the Wolfpack.
He know has five points and will have to step up in the role that Howell vacated as the scorer to compliment C.J. Leslie.
Duke 88, NC State 75 (3:41 Second Half)
Adding to the NC State misery is the fact that the referees ruled that Howell's final foul was a flagrant.
Plumlee drains both free throws and the Blue Devils get possession as well.
Here is the final line on Howell.
Howell has fouled out after pushing off trying to get room for a jump shot. He finishes the game with 23 points and nine rebounds— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) February 8, 2013
Duke 86, NC State 75 (3:41 Second Half)
Richard Howell has just fouled out for NC State.
Plumlee can't hit on the hook shot, leading to a Richard Howell jumper to shrink the lead to single digits. Timeout Duke— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) February 8, 2013
Duke 84, NC State 73 (5:00 Second Half)
The Wolfpack are back in the game after a layup by Howell.
This game will come down to the wire.
More evidence on why Richard Howell has been the best NC State player on the court tonight.
Howell forces Plumlee into his second foul of the night. Howell with 18 points and seven boards tonight. Close to his 14th double-double.— NC State MensBball (@PackMensBball) February 8, 2013
Duke 84, NC State 69 (6:20 Second Half)
The Blue Devils have not made single three-pointer in the second half after draining 10 in the first half.
However, the play in the paint by Plumlee and the free throw shooting by the entire team has carried the Blue Devils for most of the second half.
Howell is living life on the edge for NC State by guarding Plumlee with four personal fouls.
This is an interesting statistic about the second half.
NCSU very sharp at 86% from floor this half. Duke is 36%. 82-67 with 7:55 left.— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) February 8, 2013
Duke 80, NC State 66 (8:15 Second Half)
The Cameron Crazies have found a NC State player to target whenever he touches the ball.
Rodney Purvis is that unlucky player, the Crazies are getting on his case for not scoring tonight.
Duke 78, NC State 66 (8:54 Second Half)
Richard Howell just picked up his fourth personal foul.
He has been NC State's best player tonight with 18 points, we will see how long Mark Gottfried keeps him on the bench.
Richard Howell again hits on the jumper giving him 18 on the night. The Duke lead has slipped to just 12— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) February 8, 2013
Duke 76, NC State 62 (10:22 Second Half)
Plumlee finally loses a battle in the paint on the offensive end.
The Duke senior is called for a charge after some stellar defense by Richard Howell.
Here are some second half stats.
Wolfpack shooting 82% in second half have trimmed lead to 74-60 with 11:40 left. Seth has game-high 22— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) February 8, 2013
Duke 74, NC State 60 (11:40 Second Half)
At the second media timeout, Duke is feeding Plumlee on every possession.
The Wolfpack are trying desperately to come back but they have been only able to cut the lead down to 14 points before the Blue Devils extend the lead again.
Duke 74, NC State 58 (12:16 Second Half)
Mason Plumlee is putting on a clinic in the paint tonight.
His latest basket puts him over the 20-point mark.
There have been plenty of fouls in the second half so far.
More fouls called as Warren picks up his fourth personal. Now 10 team fouls called in the first six minutes of the half— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) February 8, 2013
Here is a comment from CBS' Jeff Goodman on the play of Mason Plumlee.
Mason Plumlee playing his way back into the National Player of the Year convo. Burke is No. 1 and McDermott and Plumlee on his heels.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) February 8, 2013
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