Friday, February 22, 2013

A Curry once again reigns at Cassell Coliseum

Seth Curry scored 22 points to help the Blue Devils cruise past the Hokies 88-56 at Cassell Coliseum, where his father Dell's retired number 30 hangs from the rafters.

Erick Green scored 22 points but it wasn't enough to lift Virginia Tech over Duke on Thursday at Cassell Coliseum.

Associated Press

Erick Green scored 22 points but it wasn't enough to lift Virginia Tech over Duke on Thursday at Cassell Coliseum.

Virginia Tech Hokies basketball

Berman Courtside

BLACKSBURG — For the first time since the 1980s, a Curry was king of the Cassell on Thursday night.

Seth Curry scored 22 points to help the Blue Devils cruise past the Hokies 88-56 at Cassell Coliseum.

The senior guard had struggled in his previous two games at Cassell, where his father, Dell, starred in basketball for Tech from 1982-86 and where his mother, Sonya, played volleyball for Tech. Dell Curry’s name, picture and retired number (30) hang from the Cassell rafters.

But this time, Seth Curry rose to the occasion.

In the first half, he scored 19 points and made five 3-pointers to help the sixth-ranked Blue Devils (23-3, 10-3 ACC) build a 48-28 halftime lead.

“You don’t want to walk out of any arena, especially one where my father played, having three bad games, so I wanted to come in here and play well,” Curry said.

The last-place Hokies (11-15, 2-11), playing in a prime-time showcase on ESPN, lost their ninth straight game.

“This is not the way I wanted to end my senior year. It just sucks right now,” said point guard Erick Green, who had 22 points. “We’ve just got to get some guys on board. We’ve just got to stop making excuses. It’s always an excuse, someway, somehow, instead of just playing the game. We’ve got to have more guys step up. We’ve got to have a lot more guys step up. Scoring four points ain’t going to help us win no games.

“Everybody keeps thinking it’s just about scoring. There’s so many ways you can score — rebound, fast break, steals, play defense, get an offensive tip-in. Get yourself going, get to the free-throw line. We were in one-and-one [for free throws] with nine minutes to go and no one attacked. It’s just so frustrating. It’s knowing the game, seeing how many fouls someone has. It’s just frustrating.

“I’m tired of saying the same things over and over again.”

No Hokie scored exactly four points, but Jarell Eddie had only five points and Robert Brown just two points.

The Hokies had hoped to contain Duke’s 3-point shooters, but that didn’t happen. Duke made 10 of its first 12 3-point attempts and finished 12 of 17 (70.6 percent) from 3-point range. The 12 3-pointer tied Duke’s season high.

“Once again, not paying attention to the scouting report,” Green said of the Hokies. “We’re shooting through gaps on Curry instead of chasing Curry. It’s crazy, man. We go over the same thing every single game. It’s just so frustrating. It just boils down to paying attention.”

It was Tech’s most lopsided ACC defeat of the season. It was Tech’s most lopsided loss to Duke since a 100-65 loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium in January 2005.

“I just don’t get it, man, how you don’t have … my family always calls it that ‘dog’ in you, that thing that comes out when you’ve got heart,” Green said. “When someone gets down the lane, I’m not saying foul them hard, but you’ve got to put them on their butt, make a statement. Do stuff like that, have some fun. We just looked so dead out there.

“We’re just out there getting our butts whipped and it’s just not even fun.”

In Duke’s loss at Tech two years ago, Curry was 0 of 2 from the field before fouling out. In Duke’s win at Tech last year, Curry had 11 points but was just 2 of 7 from the field.

On Thursday, Curry sank two 3-pointers in an 11-0 Duke run that gave the Blue Devils the lead for good at 11-4.

Duke made six of its first seven 3-point attempts for a 22-12 lead with 9:01 left in the first half. Curry, who made the All-ACC third team last season, had three of those 3-pointers.

Curry’s fourth 3-pointer, and Duke’s seventh overall, extended the lead to 37-17 with 4:04 left in the half. That bucket gave Curry 16 points.

“How many 3s did he have wide-open?” Green said. “He’s a great player, but God dang, if you’re … open that many times, you’re supposed to hit that many 3s.”

Curry’s parents looked on from the second row behind the Duke bench. Dell Curry, a former NBA standout who is the second-leading scorer in Tech history, wore Tech sneakers. Sonya Curry, a Radford High School graduate who was an All-Metro Conference volleyball player for the Hokies, wore a Duke sweatshirt.

Seth Curry’s fifth and final 3-pointer extended the cushion to 46-26 with 1:01 to go in the half. But Curry was whistled for a technical foul for jawing with Eddie.

After he got the technical, Tech students chanted, “Who’s your Daddy?”

“We know who his daddy is,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said with a smile. “He’s sitting right behind the bench and he’s up in the rafters too.”

Duke shot 60 percent from the field in the half, including 8 of 9 from 3-point range. Tech shot 38.5 percent from the field in the half, including 0 of 7 from 3-point range.

Mason Plumlee had 13 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocks for Duke.

“Mason played almost a perfect game,” Krzyzewski said.

Duke shot 53.6 percent from the field. Tech shot 43.1 percent, including 1 of 16 from 3-point range.

It was the eight time this season Tech allowed at least 10 3-pointers in a game. Tech has lost seven of those games.

Curry finished 6 of 14 from the field in the game, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range.

Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon had 17 points for the Blue Devils, who beat Tech for the fifth straight time. Josh Hairston added 11 points.

C.J. Barksdale had 14 points for Tech, with Cadarian Raines adding 10 points.

The Blue Devils, in second place in the ACC standings, led 68-38 with 10:16 to go.

Hokies coach James Johnson tinkered with his lineup. Eddie, who had to watch walk-on Will Johnston start in his place the past two games, regained his starting job Thursday. Marquis Rankin started in place of Brown.

Eddie finished 2 of 9 from the field.

DUKE (23-3)

Mas. Plumlee 4-6 5-6 13, Hairston 4-6 3-4 11, Cook 3-6 0-0 7, Sulaimon 7-11 0-0 17, Curry 6-14 5-6 22, Thornton 2-3 0-0 6, Murphy 3-4 1-1 8, Jefferson 1-4 2-2 4, Mar. Plumlee 0-1 0-2 0, Zafirovski 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-56 16-21 88.

VIRGINIA TECH (11-15)

Raines 5-9 0-1 10, Eddie 2-9 1-1 5, Barksdale 6-6 2-2 14, Rankin 0-1 0-0 0, Green 8-14 5-5 22, Brown 0-2 2-2 2, Van Zegeren 1-4 1-2 3, Patrick 0-0 0-0 0, Donlon 0-0 0-0 0, Beyer 0-1 0-0 0, Racer 0-0 0-1 0, Johnston 0-2 0-0 0, Wood 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-51 11-14 56.

Halftime—Duke 48-28. 3-Point Goals—Duke 12-17 (Curry 5-6, Sulaimon 3-4, Thornton 2-3, Murphy 1-2, Cook 1-2), Virginia Tech 1-16 (Green 1-2, Rankin 0-1, Brown 0-2, Johnston 0-2, Wood 0-3, Eddie 0-6). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Duke 34 (Mas. Plumlee 12), Virginia Tech 25 (Barksdale 8). Assists—Duke 15 (Mas. Plumlee, Thornton 5), Virginia Tech 8 (Green 3). Total Fouls—Duke 18, Virginia Tech 21. Technical—Curry. A—7,585.

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