Duke wins

Blue Devils de­feat Spar­tans

The Maui News - - FRONT PAGE - By JAY COHEN The Associated Press

Allen has ca­reer-high 37 points in 88-81 vic­tory over Spar­tans

CHICAGO — For­get about Marvin Ba­gley III and the rest of Duke’s tal­ented fresh­men for a mo­ment.

Grayson Allen can play a lit­tle, too.

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 on Tues­day.

On a court full of some of col­lege bas­ket­ball’s bright­est stars, Allen — Duke’s only se­nior who was joined by four fresh­men in the start­ing lineup — stepped up 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 3-point­ers and scored 23 points in the sec­ond half to help make up for the miss­ing phe­nom.

“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.”

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 Michi­gan State, which blocked 12 shots — just one shy of the school record. The Spar­tans (1-1) shot 51 per­cent from the field, but were out­re­bounded 46-34 by the long and ath­letic Blue Devils. They also strug­gled at times with Duke’s 2-3 zone.

“Never in a mil­lion years did I think we would get out­re­bounded like that,” coach Tom Izzo said.

The 42nd meet­ing of the top two schools in The Associated Press poll since 1949 lived up to its pregame hype, with Duke and Michi­gan State ex­chang­ing runs for most of the night.

Cas­sius Win­ston drove the lane and passed to Kenny Goins for a dunk that gave Michi­gan State a 75-73 lead with 4:12 left. But Carter re­sponded with a re­bound slam at the other end and Allen set up Gary Trent Jr.’s tiebreak­ing 3-pointer with 3:11 to go.

Allen added two more 3s in the fi­nal 2 1/2 min­utes and Javin DeLau­rier’s break­away dunk made it 86-77 with 50 sec­onds left, putting the Spar­tans away for good.

“We just got killed on the re­bounds and that’s un­ac­cept­able for a team with our size,” Bridges said.

AP photo

Duke guard Grayson Allen re­acts af­ter mak­ing a 3-pointer dur­ing the sec­ond half of the top-ranked Blue Devils’ 88-81 vic­tory over No. 2 Michi­gan State on Tues­day.

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