No. 1 Duke tops No. 2 Spar­tans be­hind Allen’s 37

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - BASKETBALL -

Marvin Ba­gley III and the rest of Duke’s her­alded fresh­men are draw­ing a lot of at­ten­tion, but the team’s only se­nior can play a lit­tle, too.

Grayson Allen scored a ca­reer-high 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 in Chicago on Tues­day night.

Allen, who was joined by four fresh­men in the start­ing lineup, de­liv­ered 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 three-point­ers and scored 23 points in the sec­ond half to help make up for the ab­sence of the highly touted new­comer.

“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.”

Miles Bridges, Jaren Jack­son Jr. and Nick Ward each scored 19 points for Michi­gan State, which blocked 12 shots — one shy of the school record. The Spar­tans (1-1) shot 51 per­cent from the field, but were out­re­bounded 46-34. They also strug­gled at times with Duke’s 2-3 zone.

Ba­gley was held out af­ter he was swiped in the face by Javin DeLau­rier with 10:09 left in the first half.

“His eye was start­ing to shut,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “At first, he had a hard time see­ing out of the eye. It’s scratched. I think he’ll be fine.”

Duke as­so­ciate head coach Jeff Capel III was not on the bench af­ter his fa­ther, Jeff Capel Jr., died Mon­day at age 64. The el­der Capel, a long­time bas­ket­ball coach at the col­lege and pro level, was di­ag­nosed with ALS in the spring of 2016.

Charles Rex Ar­bo­gast / Associated Press

Duke guard Grayson Allen likes what he sees look­ing up at the score­board late in an 88-81 win over Michi­gan State.

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