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NC State Downs Duke In Cameron, 77-62

Duke played well for much of the game before NC State pulled away.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 13 Women’s - North Carolina State at Duke
DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 13: Duke Blue Devils head coach Kara Lawson complains to the referee during the womens college basketball game between NC State and Duke on February 13, 2022 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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Duke gave #5 NC State a tough game Sunday in Cameron, but the Pack is an elite team these days and when push came to shove, NC State pushed back better late and on 77-62.

Duke started really well, scoring 21 in the first quarter to State’s 23, then holding the Wuffies to six in the second and taking a 33-29 lead into the half.

But State finished the third quarter with 46 to Duke’s 41 and owned the 4th, 31-21 and finished with a 17-5 run.

But Duke stayed close until fairly late.

State coach Wes Moore spoke of the importance of experience. State has it; Duke is acquiring it. We’ll see where things stand in a couple of years. For now, competing with a team at State’s level is a good sign.

With the loss, Duke falls to 15-9 and 6-8 in the ACC, which puts the Blue Devils in 10th place.

Better days are ahead.