Duke tops Michi­gan State

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - SPORTS -

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 in Chicago.

On a court full of some col­lege bas­ket­ball’s bright­est stars, Allen stepped up when­ever his team needed a big play. The Blue Devils (3-0) lost Marvin Ba­gley III to an eye in­jury mid­way through the first half, but Allen made 5 three-point­ers and scored 21 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% from the field but was out-re­bounded, 46-34, by the long and ath­letic Blue Devils.

The 42nd meet­ing of the top two schools in the Amway Coaches poll since 1949 lived up to its pregame hype, with Duke and Michi­gan State ex­chang­ing runs for most of the night at the home of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls.

Each team had its sloppy mo­ments typ­i­cal of a mid-November game, but they also brought the crowd to its feet sev­eral times with an ar­ray of im­pres­sive jams and em­phatic re­jec­tions at the rim.

COL­LEGE BAS­KET­BALL

Three UCLA bas­ket­ball play­ers de­tained in China on sus­pi­cion of shoplift­ing have been al­lowed to re­turn home, where they may be dis­ci­plined by the school as a re­sult of the in­ter­na­tional scan­dal. Fresh­men LiAn­gelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody

Ri­ley were on a plane back to Los An­ge­les that was due to land late Tues­day af­ter­noon af­ter a 12-hour flight from Shang­hai.

Pac-12 Com­mis­sioner Larry Scott said the mat­ter “has been re­solved to the sat­is­fac­tion of the Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties.”

The play­ers were de­tained in Hangzhou for ques­tion­ing fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of shoplift­ing last week be­fore the 23rd-ranked Bru­ins beat Ge­or­gia Tech in their sea­son-open­ing game in Shang­hai as part of the Pac-12 China game. The rest of the UCLA team re­turned home last Satur­day. Herd player tabbed: Xavier Mun­ford of the GLeague’s Wis­con­sin Herd will suit up for the Amer­i­cans in their first two Bas­ket­ball World Cup qual­i­fy­ing games.

The Amer­i­cans will play Puerto Rico on Nov. 23 in Or­lando, Fla., a game moved from Puerto Rico be­cause of hur­ri­cane dam­age. The U.S. will host Mex­ico three nights later in Greens­boro, N.C.

The U.S. is re­ly­ing on G League play­ers, with NBA play­ers unavail­able for the win­dows dur­ing the sea­son.

TENNIS

A day af­ter the ATP Fi­nals lost Rafael Nadal to in­jury, Roger Fed­erer lifted spir­its at Lon­don’s O2 Arena by ex­tend­ing his stay to the week­end.

The 19-time Grand Slam cham­pion guar­an­teed his place in Satur­day’s semi­fi­nals by de­feat­ing Alexan­der Zverev, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1. Jack Sock recorded the United States’ first vic­tory at the event in 10 years by beat­ing Wim­ble­don fi­nal­ist Marin Cilic, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

SOCCER

We­ston McKen­nie scored in his U.S. de­but, goal­keeper Ethan Hor­vath al­lowed a seem­ingly harm­less cross to drop be­tween his arms and into the net for an equal­izer and the Amer­i­cans tied Por­tu­gal, 1-1, at Leiria in their first match since fail­ing to qual­ify for next year’s World Cup.

The U.S. used eight starters age 24 or younger in

Dave Sarachan’s first match as in­terim coach, the start of a five-year re­build­ing process ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

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