Durham, N.C.--Opening the 2012-13 season at one of college basketball's cathedrals, Georgia State fell to No. 8 Duke, 74-55, Friday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Junior point guard Devonta White, the Panthers' only returning starter, led GSU with 19 points, and freshman R.J. Hunter had 14 points and 10 rebounds in his debut.
Mason Plumlee paced Duke (1-0) with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Georgia State (0-1) kept it close early, trailing just 17-15 with 7:48 remaining in the first half before the Blue Devils started to pull away.
“I am really proud of our guys,” commented head coach Ron Hunter after the game. “They came in and played really hard. I was anxious to see what kind of team we had and after tonight, I truly do think we are going to have a very good team.
“Duke is well deserving of its No. 8 ranking and are going to give a lot of teams trouble this season. Although I obviously wanted to win, the exposure and tests that we went through tonight made it a successful trip.”
Georgia State, playing its first game ever in Cameron Indoor, got off to a quick start after Duke won the tip. R.J. Hunter quickly got a steal that led to a fast break lay-up to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
The Blue Devils followed with an 8-0 run to take an 8-2 at the first media timeout. Junior Denny Burguillos, making his GSU debut picked up two quick fouls in the first 2:22 forcing Coach Hunter to use three big men in the first half and continued to sub with James Vincent and T.J. Shipes throughout the second half.
Georgia State responded as Vincent’s lay-up in the paint cut Duke’s lead to 17-15 with 7:48 remaining in the first half. Unfortunately, Duke pulled away with a 15-7 run to open up a 32-22 lead at halftime.
Duke held Georgia State to 32 percent shooting in the first half, including just 1-of-8 from three-point range.
White made his first three free throws of the second half, extending his streak to 20 straight makes dating back to last season. His streak came to an end just three shy of Nate Williams school-record of 23 midway through the second half with the miss with 11:11 to play.
Trailing by 22 with 13:19 remaining in the game, Georgia State made a run to cut the deficit to 55-40 with 9:02 remaining. Duke responded with a pair of three-pointers pushed the lead back to 21.
A free throw by Devonta White cut the deficit to 14 with 3:41 to play, but that is as close as GSU would get.
Vincent finished the game with eight points and five boards off the bench.
Seth Curry added 15 points and Tyler Thornton added eight for the Blue Devils.
The Panthers were held to 37.3 percent shooting, but knocked down 4-of-6 from three-point range in the second half.
Duke shot 11-of-24 from three-point range and 51.1 percent for the game.
Duke improved to 31-2 under head coach Mike Krzyzewski in season openers. The Blue Devils have won 13 straight season openers with the last loss in a season opener coming in 1999.
Georgia State will return to Atlanta on Saturday for 48 hours before heading to Provo, Utah to face BYU on Tuesday night. The game will tip at 9 p.m. ET and can be seen live on BYUtv, which is both online and a part of DirectTV.