Durham, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Mason Plumlee scored 18 points and grabbed 11 boards and Ryan Kelly keyed Duke’s first half breakaway as the No. 2 Blue Devils pummeled Delaware, 88-50, Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Plumlee, who made six of nine attempts, recorded his ACC-leading fifth double-double of the season. It was Plumlee’s 23rd career double-double, the most among active ACC players.
For the seventh straight game, Kelly scored in double digits with 18 on 8-for-13 shooting with two three-pointers for the Blue Devils, who improved their already outstanding record to 8-0.
“I have to be that way every game – when I get opportunities, I have to take advantage of them. That’s going to help our team,” Kelly said.
Duke started 8-0 for the third time in the last five seasons. Duke also had a similar start in the 2010-11 and 2008-09 seasons.
The Blue Devils also won their 98th consecutive non-conference home game, the longest active streak in the NCAA. Duke’s last home non-conference loss came on Feb. 26, 2000, an 83-82 loss to St. John’s.
Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 points, Amile Jefferson had 12 and Alex Murphy scored 10 to make up for the absence of senior guard Seth Curry, whose streak of 19 consecutive starts and 78 consecutive games played ended with an injured ankle.
“I feel good about everybody’s play. Everybody played well today. Everybody. Not one guy played less well than another guy. They were terrific together,” said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Devon Saddler scored 23 points for the Blue Hens (2-6), who suffered their fifth straight loss after back-to-back wins over Pennsylvania and Virginia.
With Kelly at the forefront with 15 first-half points, the Blue Devils took a 42-19 lead at the break and never looked back from there.
It marked the first time that Duke held an opponent to less than 20 points in a half since limiting Virginia to just 15 points in the second half on Feb. 16, 2011.