Hot-shooting Duke takes down Albany
Philadelphia • Seth Curry scored 26 points, Mason Plumlee had 23 and second-seeded Duke beat Albany 73-61 on Friday in the second round of the Midwest Regional.
The Blue Devils (28-5) will meet seventh-seeded Creighton in the third round Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.
Duke shot 58.7 percent (27 of 46), just off its season-beat 60.8 percent against Florida State.
The Blue Devils, who lost 75-70 to 15th-seeded Lehigh in the second round last year, never really pulled away from the Great Danes (24-11), who got as close as eight points with 4:40 to play.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski extended his all-time lead with his 80th career victory in the tournament that he has won four times.
Jacob Iati had 15 points for Albany, which was making its third NCAA appearance, all since 2006.
Creighton 67, Cincinnati 63 • At Philadelphia, Doug McDermott had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Gregory Echenique scored 13 points to help seventh-seeded Creighton hold on to beat No. 10 Cincinnati. Ethan Wragge added 12 for the Bluejays, who won their NCAA Tournament opener for the second straight year.
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