Dec 29, 2012, 2:05 PM EST
After trailing by as many as four points in the second half, No. 1 Duke stormed back behind 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting from guard Seth Curry to stave off Santa Clara, 90-77, Saturday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.
The win gives Duke its 101st straight home win over a non-conference opponent at Cameron Indoor.
Duke used a 13-3 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half to pull ahead, aided by a focus on the transition game offensively and slowing the frantic Santa Clara pace that kept the game close in the first half.
Santa Clara was hurt by foul trouble, especially senior Kevin Foster, whose 18 points paced the Broncos in the first half. He picked up his third foul in the first 10 seconds of the second half and Duke was in the bonus by the 15-minute mark.
Foster was the key all afternoon for the Broncos, fighting through foul trouble to be the Broncos’ go-to scorer. He sat the final three minutes of the first half after matching his season average of 18 points in the first 20-minute period.
The first half was a game of runs, with Santa Clara beginning the game on a 5-0 run, only to see Duke rip off a 14-2 run and take the lead, 25-14, with 8:31 remaining in the half.
Santa Clara then answered with its own 16-4 run to pull ahead, 30-29, with 4:51 left in the first. The Broncos were able to hold the fort while Foster sat for the remaining minutes of the first half.
With toughness inside, Santa Clara came out of the gate in the second half on a 9-3 run to gain its biggest lead since the opening minutes, 45-41.
But then Duke took over.
The size advantage of the Blue Devils translated into the foul trouble that Santa Clara struggled with Saturday. Outside shooting also extended the SCU defense away from the basket, thanks in large part to Curry’s 4-of-7 shooting from deep.
Duke held Foster to just one field goal in the first 12 minutes of the second half. By effectively eliminating Santa Clara’s biggest threat, the Blue Devil run was possible.
Santa Clara made one more run late in the second half by pulling to within nine points, but could get no closer.
Mason Plumlee finished with another double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds, and helped to widen the Duke advantage on the boards in the second half. The Blue Devils won the rebounding battle, 36-26.
Foster finished with 29 points for Santa Clara.
Dec 21, 2014, 11:09 PM EST(Edit)
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Dec 21, 2014, 10:31 PM EST(Edit)
Four of the eight teams in the field reached the NCAA tournament last season.
Dec 21, 2014, 8:22 PM EST(Edit)
Virginia limited Harvard to 27 points, Maryland won at Oklahoma State, and Georgia picked up a solid home win.
Dec 21, 2014, 7:04 PM EST(Edit)
Could the Terps be the second-best team in the Big Ten? At the very least they’ve earned their place in the conversation.
Dec 21, 2014, 5:31 PM EST(Edit)
Harrell was assessed a flagrant 2 foul in Saturday’s win over Western Kentucky.
Dec 21, 2014, 4:42 PM EST(Edit)
Coaches donning festive holiday sweaters doesn’t happen all that often in college basketball.
Dec 21, 2014, 3:46 PM EST(Edit)
Brad Stevens left Butler in 2013, agreeing to a six-year deal with the Boston Celtics, but that will not stop his name being linked to one specific college job.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:43 PM EST(Edit)
Harvard did not set the record for lowest field goal percentage or lowest first-half points, but the Crimson did tie an NCAA record on Sunday afternoon.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:15 PM EST(Edit)
The Orange and Wildcats have split a home-and-home series since the old Big East disbanded several years ago.
Dec 21, 2014, 11:15 AM EST(Edit)
The Louisville forward spoke about the incident that took place at the end of the first half against Western Kentucky following the game.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:00 AM EST(Edit)
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Dec 21, 2014, 9:11 AM EST(Edit)
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Dec 21, 2014, 12:10 AM EST(Edit)
With pieces that fit together better than last season’s 17-15 squad, the Huskies are off to a 10-0 start.
Dec 20, 2014, 10:26 PM EST(Edit)
George Mason’s last win over a Division I opponent prior to Saturday came against another MAAC program, Manhattan, on November 29.
Dec 20, 2014, 9:00 PM EST(Edit)
Jackson scored 22 points, with two coming on an emphatic dunk on Purdue freshman Isaac Haas.
Dec 20, 2014, 8:41 PM EST(Edit)
It’s already been a busy day in college hoops, with two buzzer-beaters and two ranked teams already going down.
Dec 20, 2014, 7:57 PM EST(Edit)
While Michigan State’s 4-for-21 night from three didn’t help matters, Texas Southern shot better than 53 percent from the field.
Dec 20, 2014, 7:18 PM EST(Edit)
Burton was one of two sophomores to leave the Marquette program earlier this month.
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