But the Spartans were outrebounded 46-34, including 25-11 on the offensive glass. They also turned the ball over 17 times
“We’re disappointed because we gave the game away,” Bridges said. “We lost on effort-related stuff — turnovers, offensive rebounds — stuff that we can control.”
Trevon Duval had 17 points for the Blue Devils (3-0) while Wendell Carter Jr. scored 12. Standout freshman Marvin Bagley took a finger to the eye in the first half and did not return, playing just 10 minutes.
“Big-time win for us,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Tom has such a great program at Michigan State. They’re a veteran team and that’s what worried me about them. We were bringing a young team in here, a talented young team, but I was worried about that.
“Bagley is our most talented player and he has a scratched eye, so we didn’t want to bring him back. A lot of adversity, beat a great team. Not a bad night for us.”
The first half was everything that could be expected in a prize fight as each team took turns landing big blows. A 13-0 run from Duke eventually led to a 10point lead before Michigan State answered with an 11-0 run to take a 25-24 lead.
Michigan State pushed its lead to 34-30 on a Joshua Langford 3-pointer from the corner. However, the Blue Devils closed the half with an 8-0 run take a 38-34 lead.
“Every time we got tied or up one, they hit a big shot or we had a turnover or a foul,” guard Cassius Winston said. “Any type thing like that. We’ve got to figure out a way to get through those and we got to step on their neck. We’re making a run, we got to keep building it.”
A pair of 3-pointers from Bridges and a free throw from Winston put the Spartans ahead, 73-71. But Duke put the game away as Allen nailed two more 3-pointers down the stretch.
“I felt like I was hot from three,” Allen said. “It started with Tre getting me open looks. When I get a few open looks the basket gets bigger.”
“Do I think we’ll get better? Do I think we’ll get a chance to play them again?” Izzo wondered. “I sure as hell hope so.”
Michigan State forward Ben Carter blocks the shot of Duke guard Trevon Duval during the first half.