No. 5 Duke beats VCU 67-58 at Battle 4 Atlantis

No. 5 Duke beats VCU 67-58 at Battle 4 Atlantis
November 23, 2012, 9:43 pm
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Duke forward Ryan Kelly (34) and Virginia Commonwealth guard Treveon Graham (21) fight for a rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Mason Plumlee, a 6-foot-10 center who helped break VCU's pressure, had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 5 Duke to a 67-58 victory over the Rams on Friday night In the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Plumlee, who had 20 points and 17 rebounds in the opening-round win over Minnesota, brought the ball across midcourt several times in each half to help the Blue Devils withstand the pressure defense VCU calls ``havoc.''

Both teams played good defense and made it tough to score. Both teams combined four field goals over the final 8 minutes and half of those came in the final 17 seconds.

The Blue Devils (5-0) will meet the winner of the game between No. 2 Louisville and No. 13 Missouri in the championship game on Saturday night.