Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 2/2/12
Austin Rivers scored 18 points, Ryan Kelly had 15 and No. 7 Duke used a late first-half run to open a double-digit lead it never relinquished in a 75-60 victory against Virginia Tech on Thursday night. Kelly had seven points in the 13-2 spurt that helped the Blue Devils (19-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) pull away. Rivers hit a three-pointer, and Kelly scored the last five in a 10-0 burst in the second half when Duke extended its lead to 62-40 with 11:19 remaining. Seth Curry added 11 points, while Mason Plumlee had 10 for Duke. The loss was the seventh in eight games for Virginia Tech (12-10, 1-6). Five of the previous defeats were by four points or fewer, but the Blue Devils left nothing to chance in avenging a 64-60 loss at Cassell Coliseum last February. Erick Green led Virginia Tech with 17 points, while Victory Davila tied a career high with 16.
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