Duke Stands Firm At Cameron Indoor
February 14, 2013
Yesterday the Blue Devils gave Coach K a present on his 66th birthday. Duke rallied from a 10 point deficit in the 1st half to beat their arch rivals, the Tar Heels, 73-68. This was another epic battle between Duke/North Carolina, as the two teams scratched, clawed, and fought for every possession. This Duke victory gives Coach K a 38-37 all time record against the Tar Heels. Mason Plumlee and the Blue Devils struggled in the 1st half, Plumlee was only 3 for 8 and was frustrated by great defense from James McAdoo.
Duke came back strong in the 2nd half however, lead surprisingly by backup guard Tyler Thornton. Thornton only finished with 9 points, but 2 of his 3 3 pointers came during a Blue Devil run that gave them a lead they would not relinquish.
“It’s just the heart and the will to want to win,” Thornton said. “Especially coming down the stretch, you’ve got to go all out and leave it on the floor, and I think we did that.”
In the 2nd half Duke shot 52% from the field. They had 4 starters in double figures, lead by Mason Plumlee and Quinn Cook who both scored 18 points. This marks 6 straight wins for the Blue Devils after getting blown out by Miami back in January. They also have won 6 of the last 8 against North Carolina. Up next for Duke is the Maryland Terrapins, whom Duke defeated 84-64 (Jan. 26) to begin their current 6 game win streak.