Allen, Duke hold off Michigan State
— just one shy of the school record.
CHICAGO — Grayson Allen — Duke’s lone senior — scored a careerhigh 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
Svi Mykhailiuk scored 17 points, and Devonte Graham hit the clinching free throws to give Kansas a victory over Kentucky and put coach Bill Self in a tie for second with Roy Williams on the Jayhawks’ all-time wins list. In a game that matched the two winningest Division I programs, the Jayhawks (2-0) prevailed after the two teams spent most of the second half trading baskets and leads. Malik Newman had a key rebound in the closing seconds and hit two foul shots to help Kansas knock off the Wildcats (2-1). Freshman forward Billy Preston was held out of the game by the Jayhawks because he was involved in a single-car accident. This came after he was benched for the opener against Tennessee State because he missed both curfew and class.
Seven-foot-2 center Isaac Haas scored 22 points, and No. 19 Purdue capitalized on its size advantage in the paint to beat Marquette (1-1). Carsen Edwards had 15 points, while Vince Edwards added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Boilermakers (3-0). behind the three-point line and knocked down treys on three-straight possessions to lead Rutgers (3-0) past Cleveland State (0-2).
Nike Sibande scored 17 points and Darrian Ringo scored 10 and distributed 10 assists and Miami University (3-0) never trailed in overtime to beat Wright State (0-2). The RedHawks’ Rod Mills Jr. sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers between one from Wright State’s Grant Benzinger for a 69-66 lead and Miami (2-0) led the rest of the way.
NC State’s Beverly cleared to play
North Carolina State’s Braxton Beverly didn’t have to sit out this season for attending class after all.
The NCAA cleared Beverly to play immediately Tuesday after reconsidering an ineligibility ruling tied to summer courses the freshman took at Ohio State. The NCAA announced its decision less than two hours before the Wolfpack hosted Bryant.
Beverly took two courses at Ohio State before a surprise late coaching change led him to seek his release. That triggered the designation as an undergraduate transfer instead of an incoming freshman, requiring him to sit this season before having four years of eligibility starting in 2018-19.
Jazmine Jones and Myisha Hines-Allen scored 17 points each to lead Louisville to a victory over Toledo in a preseason women’s NIT quarterfinal game. The Cardinals (3-0) overcame a slow start offensively, but used a strong second quarter to put the Rockets away.
Duke guard Grayson Allen (3) drives around Michigan State guard Joshua Langford during Tuesday’s game in Chicago.