DURHAM, N.C. -- The University at Buffalo hung reasonably close with seventh-ranked Duke University for 26 minutes Saturday before succumbing to the Blue Devils’ All-America talent.
Duke broke away from a single digit lead with an 11-0 run five minutes into the second half and rolled to an 82-59 victory over the Bulls.
UB still was within 12 points with 7:30 remaining but could come no closer down the stretch.
Duke took a 34-24 lead into intermission, which had Blue Devils fans grumbling because UB was held to just 31 percent shooting the first 20 minutes.
But Duke also was cold in the first half, hitting just 32 percent of its shots from the field. UB also stayed competitive because it did a good job on the defensive backboards, limiting Duke’s second-chance points. Both Duke and UB had only five offensive rebounds in the first half.
Records: Duke is 8-1. UB is 4-4.
Most outstanding player: Duke freshman Brandon Ingram, a 6-foot-9 forward from North Carolina, was the best player on the court. He was the No. 4-ranked high school prospect in the nation last spring and picked Duke over North Carolina. He scored 23 points.
Best UB player: Freshman guard CJ Massinburg impressed with his ability to drive past Duke’s guards and get to the basket. He scored a team-high 17 points.
MP3: Duke senior center Marshall Plumlee has two older brothers who starred for the Blue Devils, and both were NBA first-round draft picks. Marshall, known as MP3, would like to get a shot at the NBA. But his No. 1 post-college commitment is to the U.S. Army Reserves. He’s a student in Duke’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He signed a contract in January to be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves when he completes his ROTC requirements in the spring.
The 7-foot Plumlee is 4 inches taller than the maximum height allowed to join the Army but received a special waiver. His passion for the Army spiked when he visited an Army base in Germany during an international tournament as a high schooler. That’s where he was inspired by Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, one of Mike Krzyzewski’s former players at Army. Marshall Plumlee was a bit player for Duke last season. But he’s a key guy this year, averaging 25 minutes a game. Miles Plumlee plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, and Mason Plumlee plays for the Portland Trailblazers.
Cameron crazy: Duke has won an NCAA-record 122 straight non-conference home games, dating to a 2000 loss to St. John’s. . . . Duke is 101-4 at home this decade and 175-12 at home over the past 10 seasons.
Cameron newbies: UB assistant coach Donyell Marshall was first-team All-America for Connecticut in 1994 but this was his first-ever visit to Cameron. It also was the first Cameron visit for UB aide Jim Whitesell, in his 34th year in coaching. Oats attended a Duke home game once as a fan.
In the house: Attendance was 9,314, a sellout for the 394th straight Duke home game. The last non-sellout at home was on Nov. 16, 1990.
Mascot report: The Duke Blue Devil wore a headband that read: “You Got Wings, We Got Wins.”
D is for dominant: Duke has ranked in the top 25 159 straight weeks, seventh longest streak in history. The record is UCLA at 221 weeks (from 1966 to 1980). Duke is 253-3 in its last 256 non-conference games.
Coach 1K: Krzyzewski last season became the first men’s coach in Division I to reach 1,000 career victories. Coach K is 1,026-311 over 41 seasons. Jim Boeheim is second in wins at 972 and Bob Knight third at 902. . . . Last year’s national title extended Krzyzewski’s record for longest stretch – 25 years - between a coach’s first and most recent title. The second longest stretch is 14 years, by Indiana’s Butch McCracken (1940 to 1953).
Up next: UB goes to Ames, Iowa, to face No. 5-ranked Iowa State at 9 p.m. Monday. That game is on ESPNU. Then UB is off until Saturday, when it plays Binghamton at Alumni Arena.