9:00 PM ET, February 13, 2013
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
DURHAM, N.C. -- With its star big man on the bench with foul trouble, Duke went small to beat its top rival -- and one of its smallest players came up big.The run that propelled the second-ranked Blue Devils to a 73-68 victory over North Carolina on Wednesday night started when Mason Plumlee sat down and backup guard Tyler Thornton warmed up."I think the hero for us this game was Thornton," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "He would not let us lose."Plumlee finished with his usual big numbers -- 18 points, 11 rebounds -- while Quinn Cook scored 18 points and Rasheed Sulaimon finished with 13 for the Blue Devils (22-2, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
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DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 13: Fans prepare for the North Carolina Tar Heels versus Duke Blue Devils game at Cameron...(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||25-66 (.379)||25-56 (.446)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-18 (.278)||6-16 (.375)|
|FT Made-Attempted||13-23 (.565)||17-20 (.850)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||22 (0/0)|
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Atlantic Coast Conference Standings
|TEAM||CONF W-L||TOTAL W-L|
|#4 Miami (FL)||15-3||27-6|
|North Carolina State||11-7||24-10|
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The Tar Heels scored two transition points in the second half Wednesday, and had twice as many turnovers (4) as made field goals (2) in transition for the game. North Carolina has not been able to get out on the break during conference play, averaging 5.8 fewer transition opportunities per game compared to non-conference games.[+]
North Carolina Transition Offense
After allowing North Carolina to score 12 points off of 11 first-half turnovers, including its first seven points of the game, the Blue Devils held UNC to four points off of six turnovers in the second half. Entering Wednesday, Duke had averaged 11 turnovers and allowed 10.7 points per game off those turnovers, the second fewest in the ACC.
After a James Michael McAdoo dunk extended the Tarheels' lead to 38-31 with just under 18 minutes to go, Duke went on a 21-9 run over the next six minutes to take the lead for good. During the run, Rasheed Sulaimon scored or assisted on 13 of Duke's 21 points.[+]
Duke's Second-Half Run
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