Duke Decks Creighton 66-50

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Rasheed Sulaimon scored 21 points, Seth Curry had 17 and No. 2 seed Duke held off seventh-seeded Creighton 66-50 Sunday night in Philadelphia to advance to the round of 16 for the fourth time in five years.

A year after they lost their NCAA Tournament opener, the Blue Devils (29-5) are back in the regional semifinal for the 23rd time. They'll play No. 3 seed Michigan State (27-8) in the regional semifinal Friday in Indianapolis.

Mason Plumlee, Josh Hariston and Ryan Kelly battled foul trouble all game long that could have doomed the Blue Devils. Creighton (28-8) went cold and never made a serious run in the second half. Doug McDermott scored 21 points, but made only four baskets.

With McDermott slumping, the Bluejays were knocked out in the third round by an ACC team for the second straight season.


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