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Blue Devils blitz Pack. Three takeaways from No. 9 Duke's ACC basketball win over NC State.

Steve Wiseman, Chip Alexander, The News & Observer on

Published in Basketball

RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke coach Jon Scheyer said all the right things about N.C. State and Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts before Monday’s game at PNC Arena.

“The respect is there for Kevin, his team, N.C.State,” Scheyer said Saturday. “This group was at N.C. State last year. We know how tough of a place it is. We know how dangerous they are.”

A tough place? It was the Blue Devils a year ago as the Pack led by 22 points at the half and won by 24.

When the Pack opened Monday’s game by scoring the first nine points, with Pack fans on their feet and howling, Scheyer might have been having a flashback or two. He also called a quick timeout.

But this Duke “group” is a more experienced, hardened team. It came into the game ranked No. 9, did what it had to, and left PNC Arena with a 79-64 victory.

The Blue Devils moved to 24-6 overall and 15-4 in the ACC, setting up their rematch Saturday with No. 7 at Cameron Indoor Stadium and all that comes with that.

 

It was another missed opportunity for the Pack (17-13, 9-10 ACC), which is running out of them this season. State lost for the fifth time at home, all in ACC games, making for a sour “Senior Day” for D.J. Burns, Casey Morsell, DJ. Horne and former walk-on Alex Nunnally.

Burns, in his last game at PNC Arena, had 27 points but the Blue Devils were able to shut down Horne, the ACC’s second-leading scorer, who finished with eight points. Jeremy Roach had 21 points and freshman Jared McCain 16 for the Devils.

Neither team had much time to prepare. The Pack lost Saturday at UNC while the Blue Devils were blowing out Virginia at Cameron. Nor had they played this season.

After the early timeout by Scheyer, the Blue Devils scored the next 11 points. They led 33-30 at the half, unable to handle Burns inside but getting a combined 19 points from guards Tyrese Proctor and Roach, who kept things under control.

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