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Jan. 30, 2013
Plumlee Leads No. 5 Duke Past Wake Forest 75-70
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 32 points and No. 5 Duke held off Wake Forest 75-70 on Wednesday night.
Seth Curry added 21 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minutes for the Blue Devils (18-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They shot nearly 52 percent - despite going just 2-for-14 from 3-point range - and got a huge night from their senior big man to earn their first road victory of the season.
Freshman Devin Thomas had 15 points for the Demon Deacons (10-10, 3-5), who were denied their second upset of a nationally ranked state rival in eight nights.
Kenny Kadji added 18 points and Trey McKinney-Jones had 12 for the Hurricanes (16-3, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 12 in the first half before getting a 22-6 burst spanning halftime.
National scoring leader Erick Green led the Hokies (11-9, 2-5) with 30 points and Jarell Eddie had 14, but Virginia Tech's other scorers struggled after a fast start. The loss was the seventh in the last nine games for Virginia Tech.
Trailing by 12, however, Larkin led Miami back into it with 11 points in the big run spanning the halves, and the Hurricanes took a 38-34 lead with 16:43 left. The Hokies seemed on the brink of getting run out of their own building, but Green hit three 3-pointers in a span of under 2 minutes and Virginia Tech led again, 43-41.
If Florida State is tied or trailing in the final few seconds of a ballgame, Michael Snaer is going to take the shot. It's a given. Whether he's open or not, FSU's senior guard is going to square up and shoot for the victory. You know it's coming. You know that no matter how the play is drawn up, it's going to No. 21.
You also know one more important thing, and this is the part that stings: it's going in.
It always does.
Maryland experienced that harsh reality Wednesday night at the Donald L. Tucker as "Big-Shot Mike" did what he does best: he rose, he fired and he connected as his 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left gave the Seminoles a 73-71 come-from-behind victory.