Rivers Leads No. 7 Duke Past Virginia Tech, 75-60

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Austin Rivers scored 18 points, Ryan Kelly had 15, and No. 7 Duke used a late first-half run to open a double-digit lead it never relinquished in a 75-60 victory against Virginia Tech on Thursday night.

Kelly had seven points in the 13-2 spurt that helped the Blue Devils (19-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) pull away. Rivers hit a 3-pointer, and Kelly scored the last five in a 10-0 burst in the second half when Duke extended its lead to 62-40 with 11:19 remaining.

Seth Curry added 11 points, and Mason Plumlee had 10 for Duke.

The loss was the seventh in eight games for Virginia Tech (12-10, 1-6). Five of the previous losses were by four points or fewer, but the Blue Devils left nothing to chance in avenging a 64-60 loss at Cassell Coliseum last February.

Erick Green led Virginia Tech with 17 points, and Victory Davila tied his career high with 16.


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  • by Ironduke on Feb 4, 2012 at 03:30 PM
    Great win from start to finish! DO DUKE!
  • by UNC Alum Location: Rocky Mount on Feb 3, 2012 at 11:44 PM
    Who cares about Dook? They might as well be considered an out of state school since about 80% of their students are not from North Carolina. Dook is overrated in basketball and they barely have football and baseball programs. Dook is irrelevant around here. At least North Carolina State and East Carolina are worth talking about most of the time.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2012 at 03:32 PM in reply to UNC Alum
      As long as there is a University of North Carolina, the State of NC will never have an a..h.le shortage!
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