Thursday, November 29, 2012

Duke Rallies Past Buckeyes on Mason Plumlee's 21 and 17

College Hoops Player of the Day for Wednesday, November 28, 2012

After scoring just 23 first half points, the #2 Duke Blue Devils came out and blistered the nets with 50 points to rally past the Ohio State Buckeyes in the final game of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored all of his 17 points in the second half and Quinn Cook canned six straight free throws in the final half minute to seal the 73-68 win, keeping Duke undefeated at 7-0 while sending the fourth-ranked Buckeyes to their first loss of the season (4-1). Mason Plumlee delivered another stunning performance as the Buckeyes could not contain the big man inside.

Plumlee hit six of 11 shots and was 9-for-12 from the foul line, tallying a game high 21 points while snatching 17 rebounds, matching his a career high, set just a week ago in an 89-71 victory over Minnesota. The 6'10" senior is averaging a double-double on the year, scoring an average of 19.9 points with 11 rebounds per game.

After Big Ten teams took four of six on Tuesday, the first night of the challenge, the ACC stormed back with four wins of their own on Wednesday, evening the series for the year at six wins for each conference. The stunner of the night was Miami's 67-59 victory over #13 Michigan State. It was the Spartans' second loss of the season. They opened their season with a 66-62 loss to Connecticut, but won five straight after that, including a 67-64 win over Kansas.

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