Duke edges Michigan State in Champions Classic
CHICAGO — Grayson Allen — Duke’s lone senior — scored a career-high 37 points, freshman Trevon Duval had 17 points and 10 assists, and the top-ranked Blue Devils beat No. 2 Michigan State 88-81 in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night.
The Blue Devils (3-0) lost Marvin Bagley III to an eye injury midway through the first half, but Allen made five 3-pointers and scored 23 points in the second half to help make up for the missing freshman phenom.
Wendell Carter Jr. added 12 points and 12 rebounds, helping Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski improve to 12-1 in his career against Michigan State.
Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Nick Ward each scored 19 points for the Spartans, who blocked 12 shots — just one shy of the school record. Michigan State (1-1) shot 51 percent from the field, but was outrebounded 46-34 by the long and athletic Blue Devils.
• No. 4 Kansas 65, No. 7 Kentucky 61 — At Chicago: Svi Mykhailiuk scored 17 points, and Devonte Graham hit the clinching free throws for Kansas.
In a game that matched the two winningest Division I programs, the Jayhawks (2-0) prevailed after the teams spent most of the second half trading baskets and leads.
Malik Newman had a key rebound in the closing seconds and hit two foul shots to help Kansas knock off the Wildcats (2-1).
Kevin Knox led Kentucky with 20 points and Hamidou Diallo added 14.
• No. 5 Villanova 113, Nicholls 77 — At Philadelphia: Mikal Bridges set career highs with 23 points and four blocks, and Villanova swatted away a school-record 13 shots.
Donte DiVincenzo added 20 points, Jalen Brunson had 17 and the Wildcats (2-0) had six players in double figures while shooting 58 percent from the field in their second straight blowout of an inferior opponent.
Zaquavian Smith scored 25 points and Roddy Peters had 17 for the Colonels (11), who trailed by as many as 38 points.
• No. 17 Gonzaga 106, Howard 69 — At Spokane, Wash.: Freshman Zach Norvell Jr. scored 18 points and freshman Corey Kispert added 13 for Gonzaga.
Johnathan Williams and Rui Hachimura each scored 12 points for Gonzaga (2-0).
R.J. Cole scored 16 points for Howard (0-3), which is playing 13 of its 16 nonconference games on the road.
Howard shot just 30 percent in the game and was outrebounded 51-33. Gonzaga made 14 3-pointers.
• No. 19 Purdue 86, Marquette 71 — At Milwaukee: Seven-foot-2 center Isaac Haas scored 22 points, and Purdue capitalized on its size advantage in the paint.
Carsen Edwards had 15 points, while Vince Edwards added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Boilermakers (30). They held distinct edges in rebounding (34-23) and points in the paint (30-12).
Andrew Rowsey scored 25 points, while Markus Howard added 24 for Marquette (1-1) before fouling out with 5:20 left. Howard, the nation’s leader in 3point shooting last season (54.7 percent), went 4 of 8 from behind the arc against Purdue.
• Sacramento State 74, Notre Dame de Namur 53 — At Sacramento: Joshua Patton scored 17 points with seven rebounds, Justin Strings added 16 points, and Sacramento State beat Division II member Notre Dame de Namur 74-53 on Tuesday night.
Kevin Hicks scored 13 points, Jordan Tolbert dished seven assists, and the Hornets (1-1) shot 61 percent from the floor while holding the Argonauts to 41 percent.
Patton scored 10 points in the 15-5 run Sacramento State used to open the second half and the Hornets led by 21 after Hicks’ layup with 9:49 to play. Chibueze Jacobs’ 3-point play made it 70-47 with 4:18 left and the Hornets cruised, outrebounding the Argonauts 33-21 and outscoring them 38-16 in the paint.
• No. 2 Baylor 86, Central Arkansas 55 — At Waco, Texas: Lauren Cox and Kalani Brown both had doubledoubles and Baylor’s other three starters also scored in double figures as the No. 3 Lady Bears beat Central Arkansas on Tuesday night.
Natalie Chou added 11 points with all three of her 3-pointers coming at key times for the Lady Bears (3-0), who opened the season with three wins in five days.
Cox had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Brown had 19 points with 11 rebounds for third consecutive doubledouble to start the season and the 15th of her career. Central Arkansas didn’t have a player as tall as the 6-foot-7 Brown, or the 6-4 Cox.
Kristy Wallace added 11 points for Baylor, and Dekeiya Cohen had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Kamry Orr had 23 points for Central Arkansas (1-1) while Taylor Baudoin scored 13 points with nine rebounds.
• No. 5 Louisville 90, Toledo 55 — At Louisville, Ky.: Jazmine Jones and Myisha Hines-Allen scored 17 points each to lead Louisville to a victory over Toledo in a preseason women’s NIT quarterfinal game.
The Cardinals (3-0) overcame a slow start offensively, but used a strong second quarter to put the Rockets away. During one stretch, Louisville made 8of-12 baskets to turn a six-point lead into a 41-19 advantage with 1:25 left in the first half.
Louisville, despite shooting just 31 percent in the opening quarter, finished shooting 48 percent overall as the lead grew to as many as 37 points late in the fourth quarter.
Asia Durr, coming off a 47-point performance Sunday against Ohio State, added 14 points for the Cardinals.
Toledo shot just 30 percent and missed 20 of 25 3-point attempts. JayAnn Bravo-Harriott led the Rockets (1-1) with 16 points.
• No. 6 Notre Dame 78, Western Kentucky 65 — At Bowling Gree, Ky.: Jessica Shepard posted 19 points and 12 rebounds, powering Notre Dame to a win at Western Kentucky.
Shepard transferred to Notre Dame this past summer from Nebraska and was granted an NCAA waiver Nov. 1 for immediate eligibility. She averaged 18.6 points and 9.8 rebounds last year as a sophomore at Nebraska.
Arike Ogunbowale and Mikayla Vaughn scored 21 and 17 points apiece Tuesday for the Fighting Irish (2-0), which won in its first road game of the year. Coach Muffet McGraw’s Notre Dame squad built a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and held off a WKU team that received votes in this week’s AP Top 25.
Tashia Brown scored 25 points for the Lady Toppers (1-2), but was just 6-for-25 from the field.
• No. 12 West Virginia 101, Sacramento State 47 — At Morgantown, W. Va.: Teana Muldrow and Naomi Davenport combined for 49 points on 20-of-25 shooting and both had double-figures in rebounding and West Virginia rolled to a win over Sacramento State.
It is the first time the Mountaineers (2-0) scored 100 points in back-to-back games. They beat Central Connecticut State 102-52 in their opener.
Muldrow was 10 of 13 from the field for 27 points and had 12 rebounds while Davenport was 10 of 12 for 22 points with 10 boards. Katrina Pardee added 15 points and Kristina King had 11 for the Mountaineers, who have reached the century mark in three-straight games, counting their exhibition.
Johnson had 20 points for the Hornets, who shot 25 percent (18 of 73) for the contest.
Villanova's Jalen Brunson, left, tries to take the ball from Nicholls State's Lafayette Rutledge during the first half in Philadelphia on Tuesday.