Published November 18, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. – Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 28 points, and No. 9 Duke routed Florida Gulf Coast 88-67 on Sunday night for its school-record 96th straight nonconference win at home.
Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon added 19 points and Ryan Kelly had 14 points for the Blue Devils (3-0).
They scored 30 straight points — including a 23-0 run to close the first half — to brush off a slow start, and forced 25 turnovers to cruise in this preliminary on-campus matchup in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
Bernard Thompson scored a career-high 24 points for Florida Gulf Coast (2-2), which led for most of the first half.
But foul trouble, sloppy ball-handling and cold shooting during the last 5½ minutes of the half ruined the Eagles' chances at their first win over a Top 25 team and second victory in six days against an Atlantic Coast Conference program.