Seth Curry missed Duke’s trouncing of Delaware last weekend, but he was on hand Saturday for the Blue Devils and his 23 points helped lift Duke over a scrappy Temple team, 90-67, at the IZOD Center at the Meadowlands.
Curry made his return to the lineup in impressive fashion, hitting 7-of-11 from the field with 5-of-9 coming from three-point land. One of the Blue Devils biggest offensive weapons, having Curry back in the lineup made all the difference as his 23-points equaled the winning margin.
“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.”
Curry started hot, pouring in 10 points in the first half. When Curry gets going, Mike Krzyzewski takes notice and makes sure that he’s getting the ball in his hands.
“When he gets going we have to call stuff for him and we did,” said Krzyzewski.
As good as Curry was, his fellow seniors were just as impressive. Mason Plumlee (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Ryan Kelly (14 points, 10 rebounds) both notched double-doubles on the afternoon.
The nature of the game gave fans another opportunity to get looks at Amile Jefferson and Alex Murphy with the freshman tandem combining for 12 points in 14 minutes in the second half. Quinn Cook was also solid in the win, scoring 14 points and handing out four assists to go along with solid defense against Temple’s Khalif Wyatt.
Wyatt, one of the Owls’ best offensive options, was held to 3-for-15 shooting on the day and did not make a single trip to the free throw line. Cook has been one of the Blue Devils most important players this year and his emergence as a “dagger three” specialist and defensive presence have validated Krzyzewski’s decision to start him at the point.
This was the 21st time Duke had played at the Meadowlands and the win improved Krzyzewski’s record in the building to 20-1 with the one loss coming back in 1989 to Arizona.
The Blue Devils will now have 11 days off before returning to the court on Dec. 19 against Cornell in Durham.
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