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Curry, Plumlee lead No. 2 Duke to win over Temple

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Associated Press
12/8/2012 5:58:41 PM
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Seth Curry scored 23 points, big men Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly had double-doubles and No. 2 Duke beat Temple 90-67 in a matchup of unbeatens on Saturday at the Izod Center.

Curry was 5 for 9 from 3-point range, leading Duke's 12-for-20 effort from behind the arc.

Plumlee finished with 16 points -- the first time he was below 19 this season -- and 14 rebounds. Kelly had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Duke (9-0) while Quinn Cook added 14 points and made three 3s.

This is the 15th time the Blue Devils have started 9-0 under coach Mike Krzyzewski, the winningest coach in Division I history with 936 victories.

The Blue Devils have three wins this season over teams ranked in the top four: No. 3 Kentucky, No. 2 Louisville, No. 4 Ohio State.

Quenton DeCosey had 13 points for the Owls (6-1), who were looking for their best start since going 14-0 in 1987-88, a season that ended with a regional weekend loss to Duke in the Izod Center.

Duke shot 51.9 per cent (14 for 27) and held the Owls to 35.9 per cent (14 for 39) on the way to a 46-32 halftime lead. The Blue Devils made 12 of 16 foul shots in the opening 20 minutes while Temple didn't get to the line at all. Temple finished 1 of 4 on free throws.

Duke, which came in being outrebounded 36.2-35.2, again had trouble on the boards. The Owls grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the first half and had a 19-17 advantage overall.

The Blue Devils shot 47.5 per cent for the game (28 for 59) and held the Owls to 39.7 per cent (29 of 73), including 8 of 21 from 3-point range.

The Owls got within 12 points twice late, the last at 72-60 with 6:38 left on a basket by Jake O'Brien.

After a free throw by Plumlee, Curry scored the next seven points for Duke, the last a 3-pointer with 3:38 left that gave the Blue Devils their first 20-point lead, 80-60.

Duke is 20-1 at the Izod Center under Krzyzewski and the winning streak is now at 12 games. The Blue Devils are 10-0 in the NCAA tournament here, all regionals that led to Final Four berths. Their only loss in the building under Krzyzewski was 77-75 to Arizona on Feb. 28, 1989.

Duke has a record of 113-16 when it is ranked No. 2.

The game drew a crowd of 12,157.

Duke celebrates (Photo: David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

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(Photo: David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
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