Duke destroys Western MichiganDec 31, 2011 - 4:17 AM Durham, NC (Sports Network) - No. 7 Duke had no trouble knocking the rust off after a 10-day break and running its NCAA-best winning streak to 92 straight non-conference home games.
Seth Curry scored 22 points to lead five Duke players in double figures, Miles Plumlee had 15 rebounds and the Blue Devils cruised to a 110-70 victory over Western Michigan on Friday night, scoring more points than they had in over a year.
Austin Rivers added 20 points, Quinn Cook scored 16, Josh Hairston had 13 and Tyler Thornton 12 for the Duke (11-1), which had been off since beating UNC Greensboro on December 19.
"Practice is cool, but you'd rather get out there and play," said Curry.
The Blue Devils extended their winning streak to four games since a loss to Ohio State on November 29. They have won 42 straight games overall at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the second-longest streak in program history.
Among their 92 consecutive home wins over non-conference opponents -- a streak that dates back to a loss against St. John's on February 26, 2000 -- 86 have come against unranked opponents.
So Western Michigan could hardly have been surprised by the tough task ahead, even though it entered the game 6-0 against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"Duke showed why they are a [top] team in the nation," said Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins. "They just keep coming at you in waves."
Matt Stainbrook scored 18 points to lead the Broncos (5-8) while Demetrius Ward had 16 and Hayden Hoerdemann chipped in 12. They had a four-game winning streak snapped.
The Blue Devils shot 54 percent from the floor -- including 14-of-27 from three-point range -- and used a 23-2 run in the first half to build a 32-8 lead.
"I thought our guys were pretty focused," said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "We took good shots. We hit a lot of threes, but I thought they were good threes."
The lead reached 30 near the end of the period and it was 63-35 heading into the locker room. Western Michigan was never closer than that in the second half, while Duke led by as many as 49.
It was the first-ever meeting between the teams...Duke improved to 76-20 all- time when ranked No. 7 in the AP poll and won its 14th straight game in the month of December...The Blue Devils have two more non-conference games left -- against Penn and at Temple -- before starting ACC play January 7 at Georgia Tech...The Broncos will play Milwaukee on January 3 before starting their MAC schedule at Ball State on January 7...Western Michigan's 6-0 record against current ACC teams broke down as 1-0 against Clemson and 5-0 versus Virginia Tech.
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