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Seth Curry’s hot hand leads Duke to victory over Temple

Duke Blue Devils guard Seth Curry (30) shoots a shot over Temple Owls forward Jake O'Brien (22) in the second half of their NCAA college basketball game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, December 8, 2012. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Duke’s Seth Curry shot over Temple’s Jake O’Brien. Curry helped the Blue Devils stay unbeaten by scoring 23 points. (Reuters)Credit: REUTERS

Seth Curry scored 23 points, big men Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly had double-doubles, and No. 2 Duke beat Temple, 90-67, in a matchup of unbeatens Saturday at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

Curry was 5 for 9 from 3-point range, leading Duke’s 12-for-20 effort from behind the arc.

‘‘Curry was great today,’’ Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. ‘‘He stepped up and did what he had to do. When we were just sniffing to get back in it, he hit some tough shots. That’s a fabulous team and a fabulous coach.’’

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Plumlee finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Kelly had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

This is the 15th time the Blue Devils have started 9-0 under Mike Krzyzewski, the winningest coach in Division 1 history with 936 victories.

Quenton DeCosey had 13 points for the Owls (6-1), who were looking for their best start since going 14-0 in 1987-88, a season that ended with a NCAA Tournament regional weekend loss to Duke in East Rutherford.

Indiana 100, Central Conn. 69 — Christian Watford scored 21 points to lead the top-ranked Hoosiers past the visiting Blue Devils. Cody Zeller added 19 points and 19 rebounds for Indiana (9-0). Matt Hunter scored 40 points for Central Connecticut (4-4).

Syracuse 108, Monmouth 56 — Michael-Carter Williams had 15 points and a career-high 16 assists, C.J. Fair had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and the No. 4 Orange beat the Hawks (5-5). Syracuse (8-0) has won 28 straight home games — the longest streak in the nation.

Michigan 80, Arkansas 67 — The third-ranked Wolverines are off to their best start since 1988-89 — the year they won the national title — after they beat the Razorbacks in Ann Arbor, Mich.

 Glenn Robinson III scored 17 points, and Trey Burke had 16 points and seven assists to lead Michigan (9-0). Marshawn Powell had 18 points for the Razorbacks (4-4).

Louisville 99, Missouri-Kansas City 47 — The No. 5 Cardinals breezed past the Kangaroos (4-5) behind Russ Smith’s career-high 31 points. Luke Hancock added 15 points and six rebounds for host Louisville (8-1).

Ohio State 89, Long Beach State 55 — Deshaun Thomas’s 18 points led the No. 7 Buckeyes past the 49ers (3-6) in Columbus, Ohio. LaQuinton Ross had 16 points in a reserve role for Ohio State (6-1).

Arizona 66, Clemson 54 — Mark Lyons poured in 20 points as the No. 8 Wildcats improved to 7-0 for the first time in 14 years with a win over the host Tigers (5-3).

Kansas 90, Colorado 54 — Ben McLemore scored 24 points and Kevin Young added 16 points and eight rebounds in the ninth-ranked Jayhawks’ rout of the Buffaloes.

 Travis Releford added 10 points and six assists for Kansas (7-1). Josh Scott finished with 19 points to lead Colorado (7-2).

Illinois 85, Gonzaga 74 — In Spokane, Wash., Brandon Paul scored 35 points to lead the No. 13 Illini (10-0) over the No. 10 Bulldogs. Kelly Olynyk scored 16 points to lead Gonzaga (9-1).

Cincinnati 92, Maryland-Eastern Shore 60 — Cashmere Wright (20 points, nine assists) set a career high with six 3-pointers, helping the No. 11 Bearcats (9-0) stay unbeaten with a win over the visiting Hawks (0-9).

Missouri 68, Tennessee State 38 — Stefan Jankovic scored all 14 of his points in the second half, helping 12th-ranked Missouri overcome a sloppy first half en route to an easy win.

 Laurence Bowers had 18 points and 10 rebounds for host Missouri (8-1). Robert Covington had 12 points for Tennessee State (4-6).

Minnesota 71, Southern Cal 57 — With the win over the Trojans (3-6), Gophers coach Tubby Smith picked up his 500th career victory. Rodney Williams led No. 14 Minnesota (10-1) with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Georgetown 46, Towson 40 — The No. 15 Hoyas (7-1) held on to beat the visiting Tigers by holding them scoreless over the final 4½ minutes. Jerrelle Benimon had 11 points and 16 rebounds to lead Towson (4-5).

New Mexico 65, Valparaiso 52 — Alex Kirk scored 11 of his 12 points in the second half and the No. 18 Lobos (10-0) overcame a sluggish start to beat the Crusaders in Albuquerque. Ryan Broekhoff had 24 points for Valparaiso (6-3).

Michigan State 73, Loyola of Chicago 61 — Gary Harris scored 20 points and the host Spartans broke away in the second half to beat the Ramblers. Adreian Payne added 14 points and 10 rebounds for 19th-ranked Michigan State (8-2).

 The Spartans trailed at the half, but went on a 22-9 run to start the second to take control. Ben Averkamp had 25 points and eight rebounds for Loyola (6-3).

North Carolina 78, East Tennessee State 55 — Leslie McDonald scored 14 points and the No. 20 Tar Heels topped the Buccaneers (2-5). North Carolina (7-2) held East Tennessee State to 12 points in the first half in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Notre Dame 84, Brown 57 — Freshman Cameron Biedscheid had a career-high 17 points and the 22d-ranked Fighting Irish (8-1) beat the visiting Bears. Matt Sullivan scored 18 points for Brown (3-5).

Oklahoma State 62, Missouri State 42 — Markel Brown scored 15 points, Michael Cobbins and Le'Bryan Nash added 10 apiece, and the No. 23 Cowboys (7-1) beat the visiting Bears (2-7).

Wichita State 80, Northern Colorado 54 — Cleanthony Early’s 16 points led the host Shockers (9-0) past the Bears. Tim Huskisson had nine steals for Northern Colorado (1-6).

N.C. State 80, Cleveland State 63 — Richard Howell had 17 points and 10 rebounds to help the No. 25 Wolfpack (6-2) beat the Vikings in Raleigh, N.C. Charlie Lee led Cleveland State (6-3) with 15 points.

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