Duke's Seth Curry hurt Virginia Tech with three-point shots like this. Curry made 5 of 6 from beyond the arc in the Blue Devils' 88-56 victory.


BLACKSBURG, Va. - Seth Curry made the most of his last chance to play in an arena his father once ruled.

The son of Dell Curry, Virginia Tech's second all-time scorer, scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half as No. 6 Duke opened a 20-point lead and sent Virginia Tech to its ninth consecutive loss, 88-56 on Thursday night.

"I just wanted to come out and play well," Curry said. "The first two times I played terrible."

He took care of that in short order, hitting three of his five three-pointers before the game was 7 minutes old.

"I'm always trying to be aggressive early on," Curry said. "Coach called the first few plays for me so I was able to get some good looks and they went down."

Curry finished 6 for 14 from the field overall, but missed only once in six tries from behind the arc. Duke shot 53.6 percent for the game (30 of 56) and was 12 for 17 on 3-pointers (70.6 percent).

"Our shooting was terrific. Seth set the tone for that in the first half," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "He put on an amazing display with 19 points and we stayed steady the whole time."

Rasheed Sulaimon added 17 points and Mason Plumlee had 13 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocks, which Krzyzewski called "an almost perfect game."

The Blue Devils (23-3, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved Krzyzewski into sole possession of third place on the career list for victories at one school with 877.

He was tied with Adolph Rupp of Kentucky and is now two behind North Carolina's Dean Smith. Syracuse's Jim Boeheim leads with 910 victories.

Erick Green, the nation's leading scorer with a 25.3 average coming in, led the Hokies (11-15, 2-11) with 22 points.


• No. 8 Maryland 86, Boston College 61: In Boston, Alyssa Thomas scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Terrapins (22-4, 13-2 ACC) to their third straight win.

• No. 10 Texas A&M 82, Mississippi 53: In College Station, Texas, Kelsey Bone had 24 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to lead the Aggies (21-6, 11-2 SEC).

• No. 11 Tennessee 83, Auburn 61: In Knoxville, Tenn., Meighan Simmons scored 24 points and Cierra Burdick had a double-double as the Vols stayed in sole possession of first in the SEC.

• No. 13 Georgia 66, Arkansas 34: In Athens, Ga., Jasmine Hassell scored 14 points and the Bulldogs set a school record for fewest points allowed in a Southeastern Conference regular-season game.

Rim shots

• In Hartford, Con., Shabazz Napier scored 11 of his 27 points in overtime as UConn (18-7, 8-5 Big East) beat Cincinnati 73-66. The Huskies are 4-1 in OT games.

• In Champaign, Ill., D.J. Richardson had 18 points and hit a pair of key free throws late as the Illinois men's team (20-8, 7-7 Big Ten) beat Penn State 64-59 for its fifth straight win. The ugly game featured 52 fouls and 27 turnovers.