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Friday, January 28, 2011

Duke dominates Boston College, remains perfect at home

Posted by on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Nolan Smith dropped 28 Thursday night.
DURHAM/CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM—Prior to tonight's contest, the Boston College Eagles had traveled to Cameron Indoor Stadium five times and returned home as double-digit losers in all five games. Make it six.

That doesn't mean the Eagles (14-7, 4-2 in ACC) haven't gone down in history here. The team's 1990 visit to Durham, 316 Duke home games ago, was the last time Cameron wasn't sold out.

On this night, though, a packed house witnessed the Blue Devils (19-1, 6-1 ACC) lay down a balanced beat-down, 84-68.

Nolan Smith, continued to make his case for ACC Player of the Year and notched 28 points.

Seth Curry poured in a season-high 20 and went 5-7 from beyond the arc.

Ryan Kelly played so well that the Cameron Crazies began broadening "R Kelly." He did made it rain all night.

Kelly's consecutive baskets streak, which had lasted for two weeks finally ended at 18, two shy of the school record, when he missed a second half tip-in. He also tallied a career-best for blocks.

Mason Plumblee had 12 rebounds. Brother Miles swiped four steals.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski pointed to the improved play inside, Curry's growing confidence and Smith's All-American effort as the keys to the victory.

Krzyzewski was so pleased with the performance that he didn't rip a reporter for asking him to compare this year's big men to last year's guys.

"Your question is a great one, it's just asked to the wrong person," he said. "That was pretty damn good. In my younger days i wouldn't have done that."

Those gathered in the press room smiled in agreement.

Asked who he was trying to inspire, his players or the fans, by waving his hands during key moments of the game, Krzyzewski responded in rare form, "just whoever wanted to join in."

"The crowds have been unbelievable, but it was dead in here tonight. It was flat," he said. "I'm going to do anything I can that's ethical and doesn't do bodily damage to me."

The Blue Devils travel to New York this weekend to square off against St. Johns on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

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