Duke Struggles Early but Outpaces the Phoenix 76-54

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Duke was not at it’s best for long stretches against a gritty Elon team, clearly suffering the effects of a long layoff coupled with back to back games. Duke was sloppy, lacked energy at times but throughout those stretches Coach K did learn something about this team. They will not stop defending. Aside from a few blown assignments, Duke pressured the  perimeter well and turned Elon over 17 times leading to 14 points. Duke also out-rebounded Elon by double figures, something Duke has not done all year but a stat that Duke has made a point of emphasis.

With Seth Curry having an off shooting night (3-10 and 8 points), Duke would need a big game from Mason Plumlee and Mason did not disappoint. Plumlee scored 21 points in 28 minutes, he also pulled down 15 rebounds. Mason dominated the paint while Rasheed Sulaimon, Ryan Kelly and Quinn Cook did most of their damage par avion combining to go 8 for 12 from 3 point range in the game, overall Duke shot 57% from beyond the arc. Duke was able to finally pull away from the Phoenix late in the second half by ratcheting up the defense and connecting on long distance shots. Limiting a scrappy Elon team to one shot per possession was also key to Dukes run.

Duke took control of the game by combining by a stout defense a scoring flourish, outscoring Elon 29-10 that began at the conclusion of the first half into the second.

Official Basketball Box Score
Elon vs Duke
12/20/12 7:02 PM at Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

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VISITORS: Elon 6-5
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
21 Ryley Beaumont...... f  3-7    1-3    0-0    0  5  5   3   7  1  6  0  0  27
31 Lucas Troutman...... f  5-8    0-0    3-3    1  3  4   3  13  0  2  1  1  18
10 Austin Hamilton..... g  2-10   0-3    0-0    1  1  2   1   4  3  0  0  1  26
20 Jack Isenbarger..... g  4-9    2-6    2-2    0  4  4   1  12  2  4  0  0  32
24 Sebastian Koch...... g  4-7    4-5    2-2    0  9  9   3  14  0  0  0  0  30
00 Josh Bonney.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
03 Tanner Samson.......    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  2  2  0  1  23
11 Kevin Blake.........    0-1    0-0    0-1    1  0  1   0   0  1  0  0  0   8
12 Roger Dugas.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   3
15 Tony Sabato.........    1-5    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   2   2  1  2  0  0  17
32 Ryan Winters........    1-4    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   2  0  1  0  0  14
   TEAM................                         1     1
   Totals..............   20-52   7-18   7-8    5 27 32  15  54 10 17  1  3 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-28 35.7%   2nd Half: 10-24 41.7%   Game: 38.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-8  37.5%   2nd Half:  4-10 40.0%   Game: 38.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-4  100 %   2nd Half:  3-4  75.0%   Game: 87.5%    0

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HOME TEAM: Duke 11-0
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
05 Mason Plumlee....... f  9-14   0-0    3-6    8  7 15   3  21  1  2  0  1  28
34 Ryan Kelly.......... f  4-13   3-5    3-3    3  2  5   0  14  3  0  1  0  28
02 Quinn Cook.......... g  4-13   2-3    0-0    1  7  8   2  10  3  1  0  4  36
14 Rasheed Sulaimon.... g  5-10   3-4    0-0    0  2  2   1  13  4  2  0  1  26
30 Seth Curry.......... g  3-10   1-4    1-5    0  2  2   1   8  1  1  0  1  27
03 Tyler Thornton......    3-4    2-3    0-0    0  2  2   1   8  4  1  0  2  27
12 Alex Murphy.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  0  1  0  0   3
15 Josh Hairston.......    1-3    0-0    0-0    2  2  4   3   2  0  2  0  0  12
21 Amile Jefferson.....    0-0    0-0    0-2    0  3  3   1   0  0  2  1  1  12
52 Todd Zafirovski.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM................                         1     1
   Totals..............   29-67  11-19   7-16  15 28 43  13  76 16 12  2 10 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-30 43.3%   2nd Half: 16-37 43.2%   Game: 43.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-6  66.7%   2nd Half:  7-13 53.8%   Game: 57.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-11 45.5%   2nd Half:  2-5  40.0%   Game: 43.8%    5

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Officials: Louie Andrakakos, Bryan Kersey, Ray Natili
Technical fouls: Elon-None. Duke-None.
Attendance: 9314
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Elon..........................   27   27  -   54
Duke..........................   35   41  -   76