GREENSBORO, NC March 12, 2015 – Ralston Turner led all scorers with 16 points, but No. 2 Duke looked the part of a contender in defeating the Wolfpack 77-53 in the ACC Tournament quarterfinal on Thursday.
Duke (29-3) shot .566 for the game and blitzed the Pack early. The Blue Devils led 7-0 early and 11-3 at the 16:19 mark of the first half. The lead continued to grow and the Wolfpack trailed 49-22 at halftime.
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The Pack pressured Duke and crashed the glass in the second half and limited the tourney’s No. 2 seed to just 28 points in the second half. NC State worked its way to an 18-8 offensive rebound advantage.
Turner was the Pack’s best player on this night, shooting 6-for-10 and 4-for-6 from long range. Thirteen of Turner’s 16 points came in the first half.
Gott Said It: “Obviously, we are disappointed. This is one we have to quickly erase from our memory. Duke was sensational today. They played sensational in the first half. They moved the ball quick. We had a hard time defending them. It was one of those days where they had everything going and we struggled to get something going. I was proud of the fact that our guys kept battling. They battled all the way to the end.”
“You have to give Duke credit. They were the story today. It wasn’t us. They played terrific basketball in the first 20 minutes. In the second half we started moving the ball. Things started to open up a little bit. Early in the game, we tried to do too much by ourselves.”
On NCAA Tournament Hopes:
“Hopefully we get into the tournament. I am not one to assume anything, but I believe UConn lost their conference tournament game by 40. Then they came back and won six straight games. We are going to let it go. We are disappointed, but if we are chosen to play in the greatest show on earth, we are going to be excited about playing. We will move on from here today.”
Six different players scored in double figures for Duke, which was led by Quinn Cook’s 15 points. Tyus Jones dished six assists.
The Wolfpack (RPI 41 on ESPN.com) will take a 20-13 overall record, which includes seven wins against teams rated in the RPI top 70, into Selection Sunday. The Pack is among the nation’s best in strength of schedule and it owns six victories away from home, including at Louisville and at UNC-Chapel Hill.