As Seth Curry rained down another three-pointer during Duke's 90-67 win over Temple Saturday, Khalif Wyatt of the Owls screamed an expletive, then stalked off toward the bench.
Last season, Wyatt was the hero, scoring 22 points to lead Temple to a 78-73 upset of Duke at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 4. That win was the Owls' first win over the Blue Devils since 1996, snapping a nine-game losing streak.
But in a nationally televised clash of unbeaten teams at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., Saturday, No. 2 Duke avenged that loss to Temple, thanks mainly to Curry's sharpshooting skills before a mostly pro-Duke crowd.
Curry drilled 5 of 9 three-pointers on his way to game-high 23 points. Curry led a long-range attack by Duke, which shot 12-for-20 (60 percent) from deep.
"When they got close, Curry really put on a spurt. We just went exclusively to him. And he delivered," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
Duke's Mason Plumlee added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Ryan Kelly had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Quenton DeCosey led Temple with 13 points. But the Owls' two biggest offensive threats -- Wyatt and Scootie Randall -- managed only 6 points apiece. Wyatt shot 3-for-15 from the floor.
Curry, recovering from a left ankle injury that's limited his practice, should get most of the credit for limiting Wyatt, said Krzyzewski.
"Wyatt's a terrific player," Krzyzewski said. "For him to get six points today was huge. Curry played a great game. But not just offensively. He was on Wyatt most of the time."
"That's really a good basketball team," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said about Duke. "Obviously, they are as advertised. They have a fabulous coach and a fabulous program."
"We're a very beatable team," Krzyzewski said. "We just haven't been beaten yet."