Blacksburg, VA, United States (4E Sports) – Seth Curry fired 19 points in the opening half while Rasheed Sulaimon took over in the second as No. 6 Duke waxed hot early en route to an 88-56 triumph over slumping Virginia Tech Thursday at Cassell Coliseum.
Curry finished with 22 points on 6-for-14 shooting for his eighth straight double-digit scoring game and his 13th 20-point game of the season as the Blue Devils won seven of their last eight games to improve to 23-3 (10-3 ACC).
Curry buried five three-pointers in the first half as the Blue Devils tied a season-high with 12 triples. Duke shot 12-for -17 from three-point range for a 70.4 percent clip.
Sulaimon poured 12 of his 17 markers in the second half, Mason Plumlee recorded his team-leading 15th double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds and Josh Hairston had 11 for the Blue Devils, who improved to 40-8 all-time against the Hokies.
“Seth had such a great first half…. Mason played without getting the ball and I thought he handled that really well. Josh is playing really well for us right now, he played like a veteran, and Tyler did a really great job,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the win.
With the win, Krzyzewski surpassed Adolph Rupp for third place for most victories at one school. Krzyzewski is 877-235 (.789) all-time as Duke’s head coach. Dean Smith is second with 879 wins, and Jim Boeheim is first with 910 victories.
Erick Green scored 22 points, C.J. Barksdale had 14 and Cadarian Raines added 10 for the Hokies (11-15, 2-11 ACC), who dropped to their ninth straight defeat.
Curry hit his first three three-point attempts to score nine points within the first 6:03 of the game as the Blue Devils took a 14-6 advantage.
Later in the half, the Blue Devils outscored the Hokies, 29-13, to turn a close 14-10 advantage into a comfortable 43-23 lead with 1:46 left before the break.