Allen leads No. 1 Duke past No. 2 Michi­gan State 88-81

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

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.

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