Duke advances past Vols in MauiNov 22, 2011 - 3:32 AM Maui, HI (Sports Network) - Austin Rivers tallied 18 points and three rebounds as No. 6 Duke dispatched Tennessee, 77-67, at the Maui Invitational.
Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry each contributed 17 points for the Blue Devils (5-0), who advance to square off against Michigan on Tuesday. Mason Plumlee added eight points with a game-high 13 boards.
Jeronne Maymon posted 14 points with 12 rebounds for the Volunteers (2-1), who will take on Memphis in the losers bracket on Tuesday.
"It's going to be a tough, physical game like it was today," said Maymon. "The best team's going to win."
Trae Golden added 13 points and Jordan McRae had 11 in the setback.
Duke was finally able to get separation early in the second half, thanks to a 10-2 run.
Miles Plumlee sank a jumper to break a 45-45 deadlock, then his brother Mason completed a three-point play for a five-point spread. Curry hit a layup which was countered by a Golden jumper, but Kelly connected from long distance to provide a 55-47 edge for the Blue Devils.
The Vols climbed within 55-53 on two from the line by Golden to end a 6-0 surge, but Curry's pair from the charity stripe began a 15-6 burst which subdued Tennessee for good.
Kelly scored four in a row during the surge, Curry added four points, and Rivers hit one of two from the line to make it 70-59 with 4:39 to play.
"We beat really a good team today," Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said after his 905th win. "They've been out here since Thursday, and from everything that we've heard, they've had just amazing practices."
Tennessee used a quick 10-5 burst to take a 21-16 lead with 11:36 left in the first half after McRae hit a layup. Duke swung the momentum back in its favor with eight straight points to go up by three.
The Vols were ahead 33-31 on two from the line by McRae, but Rivers connected from long distance on back-to-back possessions and Curry added an easy bucket for a 39-33 Duke edge at halftime.
Duke connected on 7-of-18 shots from beyond the arc and shot 48 percent (26- of-54) from the floor overall...Tennessee connected on 41 percent of its field goals...There were 13 total lead changes...The Vols dished out 11 total assists but turned the ball over 13 times.
- TENNESSEE: 67
Nov 21 7:41 PM
- TENNESSEE: 33
Nov 21 6:26 PM
- TENNESSEE: 0
1st Half - 20:00
Nov 21 5:37 PM
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