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Duke big man dominates to help fight off pesky Marquette

Duke’s Mason Plumlee stuffs Davante Gardner during the first half, one of six blocks in the game for the 6-foot-10 forward.

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Duke’s Mason Plumlee stuffs Davante Gardner during the first half, one of six blocks in the game for the 6-foot-10 forward.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If Mason Plumlee keeps playing like this, he won't just be known as one of the "big brothers" on top-ranked Duke.

The 6-foot-10 sophomore had career highs with 25 points and six blocks and added 12 rebounds to lead Duke to an 82-77 victory over Marquette in the semifinals of the CBE Classic on Monday night.

The younger of the two brothers on the Blue Devils roster — 6-11 Miles is a junior — dominated inside all game and scored 14 after Marquette tied the score for the last time at 57.

"Of course you always want the ball as a player," the Warsaw, Ind., native said. "I just wanted to stay within the plays that were called and my opportunities were there. They did a good job of hitting me. … I think it was our defense mainly that pulled it out for us."

He was a big part of that as well with the blocks and with half his rebounds on the defensive end.

Plumlee wasn't ready to call this a breakout performance for the Blue Devils (4-0).

"It's early in the season. The first couple of games were good, but we looked at coming here as our first real test," Plumlee said. "I know personally I did too. It's a decent start."

The next opponent should definitely be tougher. Duke will face No. 4 Kansas State in tonight's championship game.

NO. 2 MICH. ST. 82, CHAMINADE 74: Kalin Lucas had 28 points, Korie Lucious added 13 and the Spartans (3-0) prevented another Silverswords miracle. Chaminade is best known for its 1982 win over top-ranked Virginia, still one of the greatest upsets in college history.

NO. 4 KANSAS ST. 81, NO. 22 GONZAGA 64: Jacob Pullen had 18 points and made four 3-pointers as the Wildcats (4-0) routed the Bulldogs (2-2) in the CBE Classic.

NO. 8 KENTUCKY 76, OKLA. 64: Freshman Terrence Jones dominated inside and had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and the Wildcats held off the scrappy Sooners in the first round of the Maui Invitational. Kentucky looked dominant at times but also was careless, nearly blowing all of an 18-point lead.

NO. 12 BAYLOR 72, LIPSCOMB 60: LaceDarius Dunn had 24 points and hit seven 3-pointers in his season debut for the host Bears (4-0). Dunn, the team's leading scorer last season when Baylor made it to an NCAA region final and had a school-record 28 wins, was suspended for the first three games after a domestic dispute charge involving his girlfriend.

NO. 18 SAN DIEGO ST. 77, MIAMI (OHIO) 56: Kawhi Leonard had his eighth straight double double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Aztecs improved to 5-0 for the first time in three years at the CBE Classic in Oxford, Ohio.

WAKE FOREST: Freshman forward Melvin Tabb is taking a leave of absence.

AP POLL: No. 15 Minnesota is ranked for the first time since last season's second poll, and Texas moved in at No. 20. Butler and Virginia Tech dropped out. Duke remained No. 1.

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