Saturday, February 23, 2013

Duke, Curry own Tech on Hokies' court

The son of former Tech basketball standout Dell Curry finds his game at Cassell Coliseum, putting up 22 points.

Duke's Seth Curry (left) looks for room against Virginia Tech's Erick Green on Thursday.

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Duke's Seth Curry (left) looks for room against Virginia Tech's Erick Green on Thursday.

Duke's Seth Curry (30) drives against Tech's Marquis Rankin. Curry had 12 3-pointers Thursday, eight in the first half alone.

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Duke's Seth Curry (30) drives against Tech's Marquis Rankin. Curry had 12 3-pointers Thursday, eight in the first half alone.

Virginia Tech Hokies basketball

Berman Courtside

BLACKSBURG -- Seth Curry and Erick Green scored the same number of points Thursday night, but only one of them was all smiles after the game.

Curry finally had a great game in the arena where his parents once played, scoring 22 points and sinking five 3-pointers to help No. 6 Duke crush Virginia Tech 88-56.

"It'll definitely be something I'll remember after my career is over, coming here [and] playing well in my mom and dad's old gym," Curry said after the game.

The senior guard had struggled in his two previous games at Cassell Coliseum, where his father's retired number hangs from the rafters. Dell Curry is the second-leading scorer in Tech basketball history.

"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.

In the first half, Curry had 19 points and five 3-pointers to help Duke build a 48-28 halftime cushion.

"He had 19 points before I could find my seat," Tech coach James Johnson said.

Curry's parents were in the stands Thursday. Dell Curry, now a TV analyst for the Charlotte Bobcats, wore the same uniform number (30) for the Hokies that his son wears for Duke. Sonya Curry also used to play in Cassell, as a Tech volleyball standout.

"They're a terrific family, so this was a nice night for them," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

"My dad ... doesn't make it to a lot of games, so for him to be here and play well in front of him, it means a lot," Curry said.

Curry's parents were also in the stands for Duke's loss at Tech two years ago. In that game, Curry was 0 of 2 from the field before fouling out.

"I was definitely more calm coming into this game," Curry said. "The first time, ... I was pressing a little bit and I just played terrible."

In Duke's win at Tech last year, Curry had 11 points but was 2 of 7 from the field.

Knowing Curry's final game at Cassell was looming, Krzyzewski had a talk with him.

"Coach came to me before we left, just asking me about my mind-set coming here because he knew it was not just a regular game for me," Curry said. "I told him I was calm."

"I knew his mom and dad would be here, and it's a special place; they love Virginia Tech," Krzyzewski said. "I just said, 'Just play. Don't try to do anything different.'"

Curry, who is averaging 17.1 points for Duke, was 5 of 6 from 3-point range in the first half.

"That first-half display was sensational," Krzyzewski said.

"How many 3s did he have wide open?" Green said. "He's a great player, but ... dang, if you're ... open that many times, you're supposed to hit that many 3s."

Seth Curry's fifth 3-pointer extended Duke's lead to 46-26 with 1:01 to go in the first half.

Curry was then whistled for a technical foul for jawing with Jarell Eddie. After he got the technical, Tech students chanted, "Who's your Daddy?"

"We know who his daddy is," Krzyzewski said with a smile. "He's sitting right behind the bench and he's up in the rafters too."

Johnson assigned Green to guard Curry in the second half.

Duke sank 12 3-pointers, including eight in the first half.

"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 home defeat since the Hokies' inaugural ACC game, a 34-point loss to North Carolina in December 2004.

The Hokies (11-15, 2-11), who host Florida State on Sunday, have lost nine straight games.

"This is not the way I wanted to end my senior year. It just sucks right now," Green said. "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."

Tech's shooting woes continued. Green and C.J. Barksdale were 14 of 20 from the field combined; the rest of the Hokies were 8 of 31 (25.8 percent).

"There's so many ways you can score -- rebound, fast break, steals, play defense, get an offensive tip-in," Green said. "Get yourself going, get to the free-throw line. We were in one-and-one [for free throws] ... and no one attacked. It's just so frustrating. It's knowing the game, seeing how many fouls someone has."

It was Tech's most lopsided ACC defeat since a 39-point loss at UNC in February 2008.

"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."

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