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No. 5 Duke tops Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Seth Curry wasn’t going to miss every 3-pointer he tossed up. Mason Plumlee wasn’t going to miss often at all.

Thanks to those two seniors, No. 5 Duke finally has its first road victory.

Plumlee scored a career-high 32 points, and Curry added 21, including a tiebreaking 3 in the final minutes that helped the Blue Devils hold off Wake Forest 75-70 on Wednesday night.

Despite hitting a season-low two 3-pointers, the Blue Devils (18-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 52 percent – much of that because of their efficient senior big man – to improve to 1-2 in true road games.

"I don’t know if he’s the best player in the league, but there’s no player who’s more important to his team" than Plumlee, coach Mike Krzyzewski said. Freshman big man Devin Thomas had 15 points for the Demon Deacons (10-10, 3-5), who shot 48 percent but were denied their second upset of a nationally ranked state rival in eight nights.

At times, this game turned into a Thomas-vs.-Plumlee showdown, with the two big men trading baskets over – if not through – each other. Plumlee made more, finishing 12 of 15 from the field and 8 of 10 from the free-throw line.

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