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Duke 85, Virginia Tech 57

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke's seniors carried the third-ranked Blue Devils to an 85-57 victory against Virginia Tech in Atlantic Coast Conference basketball Tuesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

On a fitting Senior Night, Seth Curry scored 20 points, Ryan Kelly had 18 points and Mason Plumlee added 14 points for Duke, which went through its home schedule unscathed.

Duke (26-4, 13-4 ACC) clinched the ACC Tournament's No. 2 seed. The Blue Devils have a remote chance to finish as regular-season co-champion, but that would require winning Saturday night at North Carolina and having first-place Miami lose home games to Georgia Tech and Clemson.

Virginia Tech (13-17, 4-13) was denied in its quest for back-to-back victories for the first time since mid-January. The Hokies scored only 22 second-half points.

Duke made 7 of 12 attempts from 3-point range in the second half.

Kelly was in his second game since nearly a two-month absence with a foot injury. He pulled down nine rebounds.

Virginia Tech guard Erick Green, the country's leading scorer at 25 points per game, scored 25 points. He has reached the 20-point mark in 27 of 30 games this season.

Duke scored on five of its first seven possessions of the second half -- with three 3-point baskets in that mix. That translated to a 13-4 run in slightly more than four minutes to build a double-digit lead for the first time in the game.

Duke is 16-0 at home this season, finishing with its unblemished for the 16th season in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke's Ryan Kelly picked up where he left off in Saturday's 36-point outburst against Miami, scoring 14 first-half points to help the Blue Devils pull ahead of the Hokies.

But Duke's eight-point edge slipped to 38-35 by halftime, far smaller than less than two weeks earlier when the halftime gape was 20 points when the teams met.

Virginia Tech broke to an 8-1 lead, aided by a pair of 3-point baskets by Jarell Eddy. Duke took its first lead since 1-0 on Seth Curry's 3-pointer at the 6:38 mark, making it 25-24.

The Blue Devils led at the half for the first time in their last three games. Duke's Mason Plumlee sat out most of the last 5:23 after picking up his second foul, though Virginia Tech starting forward Cadarian Raines played only four first-half minutes because of two early fouls.

The Hokies benefitted from nine first-half offensive rebounds.

NOTES: This was Virginia Tech's third game against a Top 10 team in a 12-day period, with two outings against Duke during that span. The Blue Devils won 88-56 on Feb. 21 in Blacksburg, Va. ... Virginia Tech's previous two visits to North Carolina's Triangle region resulted in overtime losses to North Carolina and North Carolina State. ... Freshman Amile Jefferson, who had some starting assignments for Duke during Kelly's absence and didn't play Saturday against Miami, entered the game with 12:12 left in the first half. ... Virginia Tech finishes the regular season Sunday afternoon at Wake Forest in what could be a game to determine which team finishes with the last-place seed for the ACC Tournament.
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