After a disappointing loss and an even more depressing performance by Mason Plumlee in Duke’s loss Saturday at Maryland, the Blue Devils responded in a big way Thursday night as they routed Virginia Tech, 88-56, as they shot over 70% from beyond the arc.
Seth Curry led Duke’s (23-3, 10-3) barrage from three-point land as he shot 5-for-6 from behind the line and poured in a game-high 22 points. He also knocked down five of his six free-throw attempts, but hit just one of his eight field goal two-point shots. Every Blue Devil that attempted a three-pointer shot at least 50% from beyond the arc. As a team, Duke shot just 46% on non three-point attempts and above 76% from the charity stripe.
Duke also dominated on the glass as they out-rebounded Virginia Tech (11-15, 2-11), 32-23. Plumlee pushed the Blue Devils over the edge on the glass as his 12 rebounds were a game-high and he notched yet another double-double. Plumlee also chipped in 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting (as well as a 5-for-6 mark from the free-throw line) and game-highs of five assists and three blocks. He stuffed the stat sheet in every column and was versatile as Duke cruised to a win.
Rasheed Sulaimon also had one of his best games in his young career as he poured in 17 points in 30 minutes off 7-of-11 shooting from the field, including a 3-for-4 mark from beyond the arc. He was very efficient on the offensive end and knocked down the triple with range, created his own shot opportunities and got to the basket. He added in five rebounds, two assists and two steals as well as he led the Blue Devils’ defensive effort on the perimeter.
Quinn Cook only turned in 18 minutes as he was limited to little playing time in the first half due to foul trouble and the fact that he simply wasn’t needed in the second half. He chipped in seven points off 50% shooting from both the field and beyond the arc as Tyler Thornton played 30 minutes and dished out five assists. Like the rest of his teammates, Thornton shot well from beyond the arc by knocking down two of his three three-point attempts.
Even Todd Zafirovski made his way to the court in Duke’s blowout win. Josh Hairston and Amile Jefferson combined for 15 points and eight rebounds in 38 minutes of play. Alex Murphy scored eight points and shot a career-best field goal percentage when he takes at least four shots.
Boston College (12-14, 4-9) is up next for the Blue Devils as they take on the Eagles Sunday at 2pm on the ACC Network.