Saturday, November 24, 2012

Duke leads Louisville 36-28 at halftime in Battle 4 Atlantis final

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - The first meeting of Duke and Louisville since the 1986 National Title game has not disappointed, and after one half 36-28.

No. 2 Louisville has alternated between man-to-man and zone defense. So far, the Blue Devils shooters have been able to hit their shots, as No. 5 Duke is shooting 45.5 percent from the field. The Cardinals are hitting their shots at a 39.3 clip.

Mason Plumlee picked up his second foul with 8:34 remaining in the game, and he went to the bench. A few seconds later, Seth Curry crashed to the ground as he was attempting to drive the lane, and the senior sat up wincing in obvious pain. He stretched out his legs before standing, and he made his two ensuing free throws. After the second, though, he was replaced by Alex Murphy.

Both Plumlee and Curry were back on the floor two minutes later. While Plumlee played the last five minutes without picking up another fouls, Kelly was whistled for his third with 1:57 left in the half. Duke was called for nine first-half fouls, while Louisville was whistled four times.

Louisville is playing without starting center Gorgui Dieng, who injured his wrist Friday against Missouri. His replacement, Zach Price, has scored four points in his first career start, matching his season-high.

Seth Curry hit an off-balance 3-pointer just before the buzzer to extend Duke's lead to eight points. Rasheed Sulaimon leads Duke with 11 points.

- Laura Keeley


Anonymous said...

Beat OSU this Wednesday and we're looking at the best Duke team since 2010.

Anonymous said...

Duke back after a "down" year!

Btw, a Duke down year = 27 wins, 13-3 ACC, split with UNC, NCAA tourney 2nd round.