(PHILADELPHIA) — Duke was not going to allow a first-round exit to happen two years in a row.
Seth Curry scored 26 points, Mason Plumlee added 23 and No. 2 Duke bounced (15) Albany 73-61 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
“These two guys really came through for us,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
The Blue Devils bounced back from a loss to (15) Lehigh in the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament by coming out and taking control of the game from the very beginning.
“Doesn’t really matter to us what people are talking about,” Plumlee said. “We’re very confident. I thought it was a good win today, and we’re just focused on us.”
Albany (24-11) made its third-ever NCAA tournament appearance. They were paced by Jacob Iati’s 15 points.
Duke (28-5) advances to take on (7) Creighton in the round of 32.
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