Ryan Kelly dives for a loose ball. Effort wasn't lacking in Duke's win over Albany. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
PHILADELPHIA—With seven minutes left in the game, Duke had a 60-47 lead. Sam Rowley was headed to the free throw line for Albany, and Mason Plumlee gathered his teammates together on the floor. In one of his most vocal displays of the year, Plumlee yelled at them, an out-of-character move for the big man.
“I thought there was a breaking point there where we could either keep making mistakes, or we could take control of the game,” he said. “I told us to keep our cool and run our stuff and not lose our minds, which is easy to happen in those kinds of games.”
When asked about raising his voice, he smiled as he sat in the locker room.
“You’ve got to make sure they hear you,” he said, drawing laughs from the assembled reporters.