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COL BKB: Duke 88, Cornell 47

Dec. 19, 2012 at 9:12 PM   |   Comments

DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Seth Curry helped No. 1 Duke overcome a slow start Wednesday and the Blue Devils eventually ran away from Cornell 88-47.

It was the first game for Duke since it assumed the top spot in the national rankings and the Blue Devils (10-0) remained one of eight unbeaten teams in major college basketball.

Duke led by only four points inside the 4-minute mark of the first half, but the Blue Devils held Cornell scoreless for the final 1:43 of the opening period and for the first 6:26 of the second.

Duke scored 23 points in that stretch and Curry finished with 20. He made three of the Blue Devils' seven 3-pointers and his 7-of-10 from the field paced Duke to a 53 percent shooting night.

Mason Plumlee added 18 points for Duke and Rasheed Sulaimon had 16.

Shonn Miller tallied 12 points for Cornell (4-7), which turned the ball over 25 times and made only 1-of-10 from beyond the arc.

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