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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The turnovers just kept piling up for North Carolina State.
The Wolfpack committed 21 turnovers that Duke converted into 33 points in Saturday’s 95-60 loss to the No. 23 Blue Devils. Those mistakes kept fueling the Blue Devils’ offense with plenty of easy looks while undermining any chance the Wolfpack had to win at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time since 1995.
“We have to learn how to handle pressure,” coach Mark Gottfried said. “… I thought they smelled blood in the water and they went after it. So they did a nice job of keeping the heat on us all day.”
Starting point guard Anthony “Cat” Barber had four turnovers along with backcourt mate Desmond Lee and freshman forward Kyle Washington. Backup point guard Tyler Lewis had two turnovers though he wasn’t 100 percent due to flulike symptoms coming into the game.
Duke had 23 points off turnovers by halftime, helping the Blue Devils take a 45-32 lead at the break.
“We couldn’t take care of the ball, and we couldn’t execute,” sophomore forward T.J. Warren said. “They were playing up in our guards’ face. We’ve got to take care of the ball better to be able to execute our offense.”
Jabari Parker scored 23 points and Rasheed Sulaimon added 13 points for the Blue Devils (14-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Duke shot 50 percent and went 11 for 24 from 3-point range.
Warren scored 23 points to lead N.C. State (11-7, 1-4), which shot 48 percent.
Things only got worse after halftime for N.C. State, which hasn’t beaten Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski at Cameron - the 1995 win came while Krzyzewski was on medical leave - since February 1988.
It was Krzyzewski’s 200th career ACC win at Cameron and his 898th overall at Duke, putting the NCAA men’s career coaching wins leader two shy of joining Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim with at least 900 wins at one school.
It also came with former President George H.W. Bush in attendance, with the Bush-founded CEO Roundtable on Cancer saying Bush was on hand to recognize Krzyzewski for his “personal commitment and leadership” in work to fight cancer.
Duke started the week by falling to its lowest ranking since the last time it fell out of the AP Top 25 in February 2007, then needed Sulaimon to make a 3 that bounced high off the rim and dropped through the net in the final minute to hold off Virginia 69-65 here Monday night.
The Blue Devils had no such drama Saturday, easily handling an N.C. State team that didn’t have any player reach double figures to support Warren - the ACC’s leading scorer at 22 points per game.
N.C. State had a big win at Notre Dame - which came three days after Duke’s loss in South Bend - to build some confidence after a home loss to Pittsburgh in its league opener. But the Wolfpack followed that with a 31-point home loss to Virginia last weekend then lost 70-69 on a last-second basket at Wake Forest on Wednesday night.
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