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Plumlee, No. 9 Duke rout Fla Gulf Coast, 88-67

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JOEDY McCREARY

AP Sports Writer 

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 28 points, and No. 9 Duke routed Florida Gulf Coast 88-67 on Sunday night for its school-record 96th straight nonconference win at home.

Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon added 19 points and Ryan Kelly had 14 points for the Blue Devils (3-0).

They scored 30 straight points - including a 23-0 run to close the first half - to brush off a slow start, and forced 25 turnovers to cruise in this preliminary on-campus matchup in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

Bernard Thompson scored a career-high 24 points for Florida Gulf Coast (2-2), which led for most of the first half.

But foul trouble, sloppy ball-handling and cold shooting during the last 5½ minutes of the half ruined the Eagles' chances at their first win over a Top 25 team and second victory in six days against an Atlantic Coast Conference program.

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