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Seth Curry scores 31, No. 1 Duke pulls away in 2nd half for 90-77 victory over Santa Clara

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    Duke's Quinn Cook (2) collides with Santa Clara's Evan Roquemore, left, while chasing a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson) (The Associated Press)

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    Duke's Mason Plumlee (5) is fouled on a drive by Santa Clara's Robert Garrett, right, and Raymond Cowels III, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson) (The Associated Press)

Seth Curry scored 12 of his season-high 31 points during the late run that helped No. 1 Duke pull away for a 90-77 victory over pesky Santa Clara on Saturday.

Mason Plumlee added 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils (12-0), who needed a huge run late to overcome both a big game from Kevin Foster and a real scare from the Broncos (11-3).

Foster scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half for upset-minded Santa Clara, and his soaring baseline dunk put the Broncos up 45-41 with 16:30 left.

But the Broncos managed just one field goal over the next 8½ minutes, and that gave Duke just enough of an opening to break this one open.