After scoring a Duke career-high 31 points against Santa Clara, Seth Curry struggled to find his shot against Davidson. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
CHARLOTTE—It's a baker's dozen worth of victories for No. 1 Duke to open the 2012-13 season. Check out the game story from the 67-50 win over Davidson. And below are a few more thoughts and notes:
***One game after scoring a Duke career-high 31 points against Santa Clara, Seth Curry went 3-for-11 from the field for just six points in front of his hometown Charlotte crowd. He did record a team-high three assists, though, which tied his season-high. Other than Mike Krzyzewski, Curry drew the loudest applause during pregame introductions.
“I got the shots that I wanted, but I just wasn’t able to knock them down,” Curry said. “Coming out of the gate, I was maybe pressing a little bit, trying to get my shot going. It didn’t really go early or anytime throughout the game. I got the shots that I wanted, that’s the biggest thing. I’ll bounce back Saturday.
***For the fourth game in a row, Duke appeared to come out sluggish, or at least not matching the standard set this season. After the game, Quinn Cook didn’t seem overly concerned that it would develop into a long-term trend.
“We know we can get better at it," Cook said. "It’s a long season. At the beginning of the season, we started off so great at the beginning of games. The last four games, we haven’t. We know we have to get better at that.”
***After the game, Duke alum and current Bobcats player Gerald Henderson stopped by the locker room to see the current Blue Devils (as Henderson left after the 2008-09 season, he no longer has any teammates left at Duke). He slapped hands with Josh Hairston and Cook upon his arrival and posed for several pictures.
***The shortening of Duke's bench continues. Tyler Thornton, who finished with 10 points, was the only reserve to log at least 10 minutes (23). Hairston played nine minutes, Amile Jefferson came in for three minutes, and Alex Murphy came in during the game's final minute.
***Krzyzewski's assessment of Plumlee's night: "He did okay."
"But when he kicked it out, we didn't cut," Krzyzewski said. "We left him stranded there a few times. It's a difficult thing. In the second half, we just did a much better job of getting open looks, and we kind of spread it a little bit more and got some penetration."
***A few notable numbers:
—Kelly tied his season-high with 18 points, matching the amount he put up against Delaware
—As noted in the game story, Plumlee had a season-low 10 points. His previous low had been 16 against Louisville and Temple. It was only the fifth time this year that he did not post a double-double.
—Curry led the team in assists for the first time the year with three. He also had three against Minnesota and Temple.