ACC Basketball Tournament; Shaun Kirk and the Wolfpack fall to Duke 92-89

Note: Shaun Kirk played six minutes on Wednesday. Our video will highlight Kirk and the Wolfpack vs. the Blue Devils.

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bloodied Marshall Plumlee’s tiebreaking 3-point play with 74 seconds left helped 19th-ranked Duke overcome a second-half deficit against North Carolina State for the third time in three meetings, and the reigning NCAA champion edged the Wolfpack 92-89 in the ACC Tournament’s second round Wednesday.

It was a free-flowing, fast-paced, entertaining game with plenty of offense – and plenty of painful-looking collisions, including involving Plumlee’s nose and, separately, N.C. State guard Anthony “Cat” Barber’s right arm.

One measure of just how much these teams scored at will: Both had shooting percentages above 60 percent in the first half, which ended with the Wolfpack ahead 53-50. In all, there were 18 ties and 21 lead changes.

Duke (23-9) faces defending ACC tournament champion Notre Dame in the quarterfinals. The Fighting Irish beat the Blue Devils in last year’s semifinals.

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