Despite a couple of scoring runs by No. 16 Robert Morris to bring the crowd in Charlotte to its feet and put the Colonials within striking distance of top-seeded Duke, there was never really any doubt in the final result after the first couple of minutes in the game, as the Blue Devils cruised to an 85-56 win.
Quinn Cook led Duke with 22 points, while Marshall Plumlee had his first double-double of the season, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Rodney Pryor was the spark for Robert Morris, leading all scorers with 23 points. Marcquise Reed, the freshman standout, had 22.
After Robert Morris went on a 10-0 run midway through the second half to pull the game within 10 on Rodney Prior’s layup, Duke went on a 14-2 run of its own to shut the door for good.
Strange, Yet True
The win was Duke’s 100th in NCAA Tournament history.
Duke advances to face the winner of San Diego State/St. John’s on Sunday.
Robert Morris ends its season as the Northeast Conference tournament champ with a 20-15 record.