Allen leads No. 1 Duke
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.
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 five 3-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 percent from the field, but was outrebounded 46-34 by the long and athletic Blue Devils.
No. 5 Villanova 113, Nicholls 77
PHILADELPHIA — Mikal Bridges set career highs with 23 points and four blocks, and No. 5 Villanova swatted away a school-record 13 shots in a rout of Nicholls.
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.
No. 19 Purdue 86, Marquette 71
MILWAUKEE — Sevenfoot-2 center Isaac Haas scored 22 points, and No. 19 Purdue capitalized on its size advantage in the paint to beat Marquette.
Carsen Edwards had 15 points for the Boilermakers (3-0).
Syracuse 71, Iona 62
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Tyus Battle scored a career-high 28 points, including 23 in the second half, two other Syracuse players scored in double figures and the Orange defeated Iona.
Monmouth 80, Lehigh 72
BETHLEHEM— Diago Quinn scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds and Micah Seaborn hit three 3-pointers and scored 15 with seven boards to lead Monmouth.