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No. 1 Duke Still Undefeated; Pitino’s Louisville Tops Son’s FIU

Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Top-ranked Duke University stayed undefeated with an 88-47 college basketball victory against Cornell University, while Rick Pitino’s No. 5 University of Louisville topped his son’s Florida International University 79-55.

Seth Curry scored 20 points to lead the Blue Devils to their 10th straight victory this season. Mason Plumlee added 18 and Rasheed Sulaimon had 16 points for Duke last night at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.

Duke moved out to a 41-30 halftime lead before outscoring Cornell 47-17 in the second half. The Blue Devils were seven of 21 for 33 percent from 3-point territory.

Shonn Miller had 14 points for the Big Red, who fell to 4-7. Cornell, which hit one of 11 3-point attempts, has lost all four of its road games this season.

At KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, Wayne Blackshear scored 18 points to lead the Cardinals, who improved to 10-1. Peyton Siva had 15 points and 12 assists and Chane Behanan added 14 points and 11 rebounds with Russ Smith scoring 14.

“We did some good things offensively and got some good work against the zone,” Louisville coach Pitino told reporters.

Siva recorded a career high five 3-pointers for the Cardinals.

“I just took my open shots,” Siva said. “I’m not going to make one every game, but tonight it felt good and they played me for the 3 and I just took the shots.”

The contest was the first between Pitino and his son, Richard, who left his job as a Louisville assistant to succeed Isiah Thomas as coach at FIU.

Tymell Murphy had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers (3-5).

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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