College basketball players say the darndest things. After his career-high 32 points helped lead Duke to a win over Wake Forest on Wednesday, Mason Plumlee dropped a classic line on reporters concerning his focus prior to this game.
Plumlee’s career night helped lift Duke past the Demon Deacons on a night where very little seemed to go right. From the outset it was apparent that Wake didn’t want to get beat from the outside and Duke was content to pound the ball inside.
“Before the game, coach [Mike Krzyzewski] said, ‘get Mason the ball,’” Plumlee said, according to Laura Keeley of the News-Observer. “I was excepting it to come my way, and I was lathered up.”
Duke scored 28 of its 40 first-half points in the paint with Plumlee scoring 16 of them. They finished the game with 44 points in the paint after hitting just 2-of-14 shots from the outside.
Plumlee’s player of the year campaign had slowed down after Ryan Kelly’s injury led to a dip in production. But after tonight, MasonPOY.com should be a popular destination for another week.