No. 3 Duke hammers North Carolina 69-53

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Seth Curry hit his first seven shots during No. 3 Duke's torrid start, helping the Blue Devils jump to a big lead and beat rival North Carolina 69-53 on Saturday night.

Curry finished with 20 points, while Mason Plumlee turned in his best performance in a month with 23 points and 13 rebounds. That duo provided Duke (27-4, 14-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) all the punch it needed to earn a season sweep of the Tar Heels.

Duke scored the game's first 14 points, never let UNC (22-9, 12-6) closer than nine and led by 25 points after halftime. The Blue Devils shot 55 percent, including 18 for 26 (69 percent) in a first half that silenced a once-rowdy Smith Center crowd.

UNC had gone 6-1 since going to a four-guard lineup in the first meeting, but the Tar Heels looked rattled once the Blue Devils charged in front, and never recovered.

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