|Duke's Austin Rivers (0) drives against Western Michigan's Nate Hutcheson (11) during the first half an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)|
Curry, No. 7 Duke rout Western Michigan 110-70
DURHAM, N.C.—Seth Curry scored a season-high 22 points, Austin Rivers added 20 and No. 7 Duke routed Western Michigan 110-70 on Friday night.
Quinn Cook had 16 points and Josh Hairston finished with 13, helping the Blue Devils (11-1) win their fourth straight. They shot 54 percent, held a 50-28 rebounding advantage and used a huge early run and a knack for getting to the free-throw line to take a 30-point lead in the first half.
Duke hit triple digits for the first time this season after scoring 63 points by halftime, its most in a half since its 66-point second half last year against Colgate.
Matt Stainbrook had 18 points to lead the Broncos (5-8). They had their four-game winning streak snapped in decisive fashion and were beaten by an Atlantic Coast Conference team for the first time in program history.
Miles Plumlee had a career-high 15 rebounds and Tyler Thornton added 12 points for the Blue Devils, who faced little resistance in extending a few impressive streaks at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
They won their 42nd in a row at home -- only the 46-game winning streak from 1997-2000 was longer at the venerable arena -- and claimed its 92nd straight victory at Cameron against non-ACC teams.
Curry wound up having one of his best days in a Duke uniform, matching the 22 points he scored in last year's home victory over North Carolina. He finished shy of the career-best 35 points he scored against VMI as a freshman at Liberty three years ago before transferring to Duke.
The Blue Devils were playing for just the second time in nearly three weeks -- because of final exams and the holiday break -- and first time since a 27-point romp against UNC Greensboro on Dec. 19. The pace picks up in a hurry: They have fewer than 48 hours to prepare for Sunday afternoon's game against Pennsylvania.
That long layoff certainly had no effect on them in this one.
The Blue Devils took command with an early 32-6 run in which they did some of the things they do best -- find ways to get to the line, and lock down on defense.
Duke had 16 free throws -- making 13 of those -- before Western Michigan even attempted its first foul shot, and by that point the Blue Devils had pushed their lead well into the 20s for good. Before the first half ended, the Broncos had five players with three fouls apiece.
Plumlee started the decisive run with a three-point play, Austin scored six points during the burst, Hairston put Duke up 20 with a free throw with 10 1/2 minutes left in the half and freshman Michael Gbinije capped the burst with a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 32-8 with 8:45 left before the break.
The Blue Devils held the Broncos without a field goal for more than 6 minutes, came away with points on 14 consecutive trips downcourt and eventually went up 30 when Curry's free throw with 6.5 seconds before halftime pushed it to 63-33.
Demetrius Ward added 16 points and Hayden Hoerdemann finished with 12 for Western Michigan, which entered 6-0 against current ACC teams but was denied in its bid to become the second Mid-American Conference school to beat a Mike Krzyzewski-coached Duke team.