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February 22, 2013

Duke routs VT

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Seth Curry made the most of his last chance to play in an arena his father once ruled.

The son of Dell Curry, Virginia Tech’s second all-time scorer, scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half as No. 6 Duke opened a 20-point lead and sent Virginia Tech to its ninth consecutive loss, 88-56 on Thursday night.

“I just wanted to come out tonight and play well,” Curry said. “The first two times I played terrible.”

He took care of that in short order, hitting three of his five 3-pointers before the game was 7 minutes old.

“I’m always trying to be aggressive early on,” Curry said. “Coach called the first few plays for me so I was able to get some good looks and they went down.”

Curry finished 6 for 14 from the field overall, but missed only once in six tries from behind the arc. Duke shot 53.6 percent for the game (30 of 56) and was 12 for 17 on 3-pointers (70.6 percent).

“Our shooting was terrific. Seth set the tone for that in the first half,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “He put on an amazing display with 19 points and we stayed steady the whole time.”

Rasheed Sulaimon added 17 points and Mason Plumlee had 13 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocks, a performance Krzyzewski called “an almost perfect game.”

The Blue Devils (23-3, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved Krzyzewski into sole possession of third place on the career list for victories at one school with 877.

He was tied with Adolph Rupp of Kentucky and is now two behind North Carolina’s Dean Smith. Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim leads with 910 victories.

Erick Green, the nation’s leading scorer with a 25.3 average coming in, led the Hokies (11-15, 2-11) with 22 points. C.J. Barksdale had a career-best 14 points and Cadarian Raines added 10, but no one else scored more than five as the Hokies shot just 43 percent and made only 1 of 16 3-point attempts.

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