VCU misses mark in loss to Duke

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There was no repeat of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.  Eric Maynor couldn't miss in that game, but VCU couldn't hit much in the second half against Duke Friday night in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

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 the 67-58 victory.

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 havoc defense.

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.

VCU shot 63% from the free throw stripe, including an 0-6 stretch in the second half.  They shot 22% from beyond the arc, and did not hit a three after halftime.

Juvonte Reddic recorded a double-double, with 16 points and 13 rebounds.  Treveon Graham added 16 points.

VCU will play No. 13 Missouri in the consolation game on Saturday night.

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