CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Seth Curry hit his first seven shots during No. 3 Duke’s torrid start, helping the Blue Devils jump to a big lead and beat rival North Carolina 69-53 on Saturday night.
Curry finished with 20 points, while Mason Plumlee turned in his best performance in a month with 23 points and 13 rebounds. That duo provided Duke (27-4, 14-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) all the punch it needed to earn a season sweep of the Tar Heels.
Duke scored the game’s first 14 points, never let UNC (22-9, 12-6) closer than nine and led by 25 points after halftime. The Blue Devils shot 55 percent, including 18 for 26 (69 percent) in a first half that silenced a once-rowdy Smith Center crowd.
BOSTON COLLEGE 74, GEORGIA TECH 72
In Boston, Joe Rahon scored 15 points, including five in a row down the stretch, Olivier Hanlan had 14 and Boston College (15-16, 7-11), used a late 12-0 run to erase a double-digit deficit and beat Georgia Tech (16-14, 6-12).
Ryan Anderson had 13 points and Eddie Odio netted 11 for the Eagles. The teams are likely to meet again in the opening round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday.
Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 16 points and Chris Bolden had 12 for the Yellow Jackets.
Boston College trailed by as many as 10 in the second half before coming back.
Rahon, a freshman, made a driving layup with 1:13 left that staked Boston College to a 66-64 lead. Hanlan then converted on a fast-break layup after a blocked shot by Odio and later added another basket to put the Eagles in front 71-64 with 25 seconds left.
A quick 3-pointer by Georges-Hunt and a scooping lay-in from Pierre Jordan cut the deficit to three, and after Hanlan hit 1 of 2 from the free-throw line, Bolden drained a 3 to make it 73-72 with 2.7 seconds remaining.
Patrick Heckmann then sealed the game by hitting 1 of 2 from the free-throw line.
FLORIDA STATE 71,
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 67
In Tallahassee, Fla., freshman Devon Bookert scored 18 points, Michael Snaer added 17 and Florida State (17-14, 9-9) fought back from an eight-point deficit in the second half to beat North Carolina State (22-9, 11-7).
Scott Wood’s 18 points led North Carolina State, which could lose out on a first-round bye in next week’s ACC Tournament if Virginia defeats Maryland today.