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Three Points: Defending the 3, 5 minutes to forget and praise for Howell

Three Points from N.C. State's 98-85 loss at Duke:

1) Defending the 3

Duke made 10 3-pointers in the first half, four more than it had in the entire first game against N.C. State. Seth Curry and Quinn Cook made four 3-pointers each and Rasheed Sulaimon added two.

Duke outscored N.C. State 30-3 from the 3-point line in the first half to take a 58-37 lead. Of the 10 3s, on 17 attempts, nine came at the expense of one of N.C State's three freshmen on defense, seven were uncontested and two were in transition.

As N.C. State forward Richard Howell noted, and prefaced with a Samuel L. Jackson-type expletive, "They couldn't miss."

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