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Duke Demolishes FSU, 79-60, Remains In Second In ACC


Seth Curry carried Duke to their second straight ACC road win of the season as the Blue Devils easily handled the Seminoles, 79-60.

Curry lit up Florida State (12-9, 4-4) as he poured in a game-high 21 points in 27 minutes off 7-of-11 shooting from the field and a 5-for-7 mark from beyond the arc. As a team, the whole Duke (19-2, 6-2) squad shot extremely well from three-point land by knocking down 11 of their 18 attempts. No one who took multiple shots from beyond the arc shot below 50% from three-point land.

Curry did a great job of coming off of picks and creating space for himself to get clean looks at the basket. He showed incredible range from beyond the arc and positioned himself well in transition. Curry made his first three triples and helped Duke get off to a great start, including their 11-0 run to start the contest and 18-2 lead early in the game.

One reason Curry got so many good looks was because Quinn Cook did a good job of controlling the tempo and pushing the ball up the court as he found shooters spotting up. Cook, who shot extremely well himself, went 7-for-12 from the field, including a 4-for-6 mark from beyond the arc. He also chipped in six assists and five rebounds as he turned the ball over just once and helped Duke in every area of the game.

Like Curry, Rasheed Sulaimon ran the court well and got easy buckets in transition. He finished with 14 points off 6-for-11 shooting from the field and 2-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc. He also added in three assists while helping limit Florida State to just 42% shooting from the floor and 23% shooting from three-point land.

Freshman Amile Jefferson continued to fill in for an injured Ryan Kelly and was very efficient for Duke. Jefferson recorded 14 points and four rebounds as he played 29 minutes and made every shot he attempted. He chipped in an offensive rebound, steal, assist and block as well.

Although he didn’t have quite the same performance he did Wednesday, Mason Plumlee put together a modest eight-point, five-rebound, three-block performance. He also chipped in two assists and two steals in 25 minutes of play and like Jefferson, made every shot he attempted.

Overall, it was a nice win against an up-and-down Seminole squad. The Blue Devils take on N.C. State (16-5, 5-3) next as they try to overtake the first team to beat Duke this season. They will play the Wolfpack 9pm Thursday on the ACC Network.

Josh Paunil is a contributor to Duke Report who runs his own site, National Recruiting Spotlight, dedicated to college basketball recruiting. He loves getting feedback on his work and encourages readers to leave a comment on his articles to get a dialogue going. You can follow him on Twitter at @JoshPaunilNRS.

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