Following an even first half, the Duke Blue Devils turned it on after the intermission and created separation before topping the Santa Clara Broncos, 90-77. Duke's Seth Curry and Santa Clara's Kevin Foster had an impressive shooting duel, but Curry and the Blue Devils' effort was too much to overcome.
Curry finished with a career-high 31 points on an efficient 12-of-18 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. His two teammates, Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly, each recorded double-doubles with Plumlee netting 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Foster kept the Broncos in contention for much of the game, scoring 29 points on 12-of-22 shooting, including 5-of-11 from long range. He also dished a team-high four assists and grabbed five rebounds. The guard's 18 first-half points erased an 11-point deficit for Santa Clara.
It was Curry's shooting in the second half, however, that put Duke out ahead as the Blue Devils went on a 21-3 run and never relinquished the lead again. Free throws were a major difference, with Duke getting to the line for 33 attempts, compared to just 15 for the Broncos.
With the win, the Blue Devils move to 12-0 and will put their undefeated record on the line against Davidson on Jan. 2.