Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 10:37 am  |  2 responses

No. 5 Duke Rallies From 20 Down to Beat NC St.

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

Trailing 61-41 with 11:33 remaining in the second half, No. 5 Duke closed the game on a 37-12 run to stun North Carolina State, 78-73.

It seemed as though the Wolfpack was poised for its first win in Durham against a Mike Krzyzewski coached team since 1988. But it took less than 10 minutes for the Blue Devils to erase that 20-point hole, as Austin Rivers’ three-pointer with 2:29 remaining put Duke up for good.

Sparking the rally was junior guard Seth Curry. During those final 11:13, Curry scored 16 of Duke’s 37 points. He finished the game with 26 points, the most he’s scored since transferring to Duke.

The Blue Devils have made a habit of coming from behind this season.

From The Charlotte Observer:

“It was amazing, but we’ve got to stop doing this to ourselves,” Rivers said. “It’s a bad win, but at the same time, it’s a great win.”

For North Carolina State, its a devastating loss for its NCAA tournament chances. Despite being 18-8 overall and 7-4 in conference, the Wolfpack lacks a marquee win. It is is 0-5 against ranked teams this season after falling to Duke. North Carolina State will have two more chances coming up as it hosts No. 20 Florida State and No. 8 North Carolina in its next two games.

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  • Just Sayin

    Surprised no one has commented on this yet. Duke is looking like the stronger team in the ACC this year with great guard play from Rivers and Curry.


    duke do do that play