LAHAINA, Hawaii – The No. 6 Blue Devils defeated Tennessee, 77-67, in a quarterfinal game at the Maui Invite on Monday. With the victory, Duke moves to 5-0 on the season. Austin Rivers led the way with 18 points, three boards and two assists. Coach K notched career victory No. 905 with the 10-point win.
Duke went into halftime leading by six points, 39-33, after Tennessee came out scoring early. Jeronne Maymon led the way for the Vols with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Trae Golden, Jordan McRae and Cameron Tatum all scored in double figures, as Tennessee was handed their first loss of the year.
Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly both contributed with 17 points each and Andre Dawkins added 10 points, as four Blue Devils scored in double figures. Mason Plumlee just missed a double-double, scoring eight points while pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Vols kept the game close in the second half, as the Blue Devils outscored Tennessee by just four points after halftime. However, it is Duke’s endless talent that keeps them above their competition. There are so many stars on the bench, that would start for other teams in the nation. As they gain experience, Duke becomes that much more difficult to beat on a regular basis. The scary thing is that Duke is winning now with young, inexperienced players.
No. 6 Duke (5-0) will play in the semi-finals of the Maui Invitational against TBA. No. 15 Michigan defeated No. 8 Memphis in the other quarterfinal game early Monday afternoon. The Blue Devils will be seeking their second straight win in Hawaii and their sixth straight victory to start the 2011 campaign.