Allen leads No. 1 Duke past No. 2 Michigan State 88-81
CHICAGO (AP) — Forget about Marvin Bagley III and the rest of Duke’s talented freshmen for a moment.
Grayson Allen can play a little, too.
Allen scored a careerhigh 37 points, 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.
On a court full of some of college basketball’s brightest stars, Allen — Duke’s only senior who was joined by four freshmen in the starting lineup — stepped up whenever his team needed a big play. The Blue Devils (3-0) lost Bagley to a right 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 phenom.
“I’ve played in 90 more games than the four teammates that are out there with me,” Allen said. “I feel a little more comfortable and calm and confident out there. Watching a lot of film of me my last two years, it’s good sometimes to go 100 mph, but it’s also good to slow it down a few times, so that’s the adjustment I’ve tried to make and I think it makes me more comfortable out there.”
Wendell Carter Jr. added 12 points and 12 rebounds, helping Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski improve to 12-1 in his career against Michigan State.