The 3-point shots didn't drop as easily Friday night and as a result, Virginia Commonwealth couldn't pull the upset of No. 5 Duke at the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals in Nassau, Bahamas.
Hitting just 4 of 18 threes and only 33 percent of their field goals, the Rams couldn't get their press going and never made the Blue Devils uncomfortable, resulting in a 67-58 setback.
Despite another strong game from Treveon Graham, who followed up a career-high 26 points in Thursday night's 78-65 beating of No. 19 Memphis with 16 last night, VCU (3-2) just couldn't generate enough offense.
Juvonte Reddic added 16 points for the Rams, who outrebounded Duke (5-0) 41-34 and kept turnovers down to 10. But the inability to hit shots, coupled with Quinn Cook's 9-to-3 assist-to-turnover ratio at the point, enabled the Blue Devils to avoid facing constant full-court pressure and as a result, they committed just eight turnovers.
Duke also flashed great balance. Mason Plumlee led the way with 17 points, while Seth Curry added 15 despite playing with a leg injury. Rasheed Sulaiman scored 12 and Ryan Kelly netted 11.
VCU plays the loser of the Louisville-Missouri game for third place Saturday.