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Duke Beats Kentucky 75-68: Seth Curry Scores 23, Leads Blue Devils Past Wildcats

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Duke's Mason Plumlee (5) and Alex Murphy, second from right, react after a score in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky in Atlanta, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.
Duke's Mason Plumlee (5) and Alex Murphy, second from right, react after a score in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky in Atlanta, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.

ATLANTA — Seth Curry scored 23 points and No. 9 Duke held off a furious comeback by No. 3 Kentucky, beating the defending national champions 75-68 Tuesday night in the first matchup between the storied programs since 2001.

Duke (1-1) appeared to be in control, even with Mason Plumlee on the bench in foul trouble. The Blue Devils ripped off a 13-3 run, capped by Rasheed Sulaimon's 3-pointer that made it 58-44 with 9 1/2 minutes remaining.

But Kentucky (1-1) wasn't done, rallying like the defending champ even though this is essentially a whole new team. The Wildcats outscored Duke 17-6 over the next six minutes and actually had a chance to tie it.

Julius Mays missed a 3-pointer with the Blue Devils clinging to a 64-61 lead.

Curry made sure youthful Kentucky didn't get any closer. He schooled freshman guard Archie Goodwin on a drive that essentially clinched the win.

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