SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Third-seeded Duke can advance to the regional semifinals for the sixth straight NCAA Tournament on Saturday night when it faces No. 11 Central Michigan in the second round of the West Region.
Duke (25-6) improved to 6-2 outside the state of North Carolina with a 67-57 victory over Colorado State on Thursday. Dahntay Jones scored 23 points before fouling out and seeing his teammates carry the team to victory.
Shelden Williams scored four key points down the stretch and finished with nine points and 12 rebounds. Fellow freshman J.J. Redick netted 16 points as the Blue Devils overcame 35 percent shooting.
The last time Duke failed to win two games in the NCAA Tournament was 1997, when it lost to Providence in the second round.
Central Michigan (25-6) won for the 13th time in 14 games with a 79-73 victory over Creighton. Mike Manciel scored a season-high 29 points as the Chippewas, champions of the Mid-American Conference, built a 24-point lead before holding on for the victory.
The Chippewas prevailed despite a sub-par effort from 7-footer Chris Kaman, the MAC Player of the Year. Kaman got into foul trouble, never got untracked and finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Central Michigan surrounds Kaman with terrific shooters like Tony Bowne, who drilled all three 3-point attempts on Thursday. The Chippewas are 13-1 this year when they have made eight or more shots from beyond the arc.
The winner advances to meet Kansas or Arizona State next week in Anaheim, California.