Allen leads No. 1 Duke past No. 2 Michi­gan State

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - SPORTS - By Jay Co­hen

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.

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 at the home of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. Each team had its sloppy mo­ments typ­i­cal of a mid-Novem­ber game, but they also brought the crowd to its feet sev­eral times with an ar­ray of im­pres­sive jams and em­phatic re­jec­tions at the rim.

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.

Ba­gley be­gan his col­lege ca­reer with a pair of im­pres­sive per­for­mances, but he had a short stay in his first game against a mar­quee op­po­nent. He was held out after he was swiped in the face by DeLau­rier with 10:09 left in the first half. He fin­ished with four points and six re­bounds.

In Mourn­ing

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

Law and Or­der

Michi­gan State strength and con­di­tion­ing coach Todd Moyer did not travel with the team after he was charged with reck­less driv­ing caus­ing death fol­low­ing a July crash that killed two peo­ple. Ath­letic di­rec­tor Mark Hol­lis said Mon­day in a state­ment that his of­fice is mon­i­tor­ing the case.

Big Pic­ture

Michi­gan State: The re­bound­ing per­for­mance likely in­fu­ri­ated coach Tom Izzo, and the Spar­tans also had 17 turnovers. But they looked ev­ery bit of their lofty rank­ing.

Duke: While Ba­gley and the rest of the Blue Devils’ tal­ented new­com­ers got much of the at­ten­tion be­fore the game, it’s clear this is still Allen’s team. The 6-foot-5 se­nior was 11 for 20 from the field in per­haps the best per­for­mance of his col­le­giate ca­reer so far.

Up Next

Michi­gan State: Hosts Stony Brook on Sun­day in the PK80-Phil Knight In­vi­ta­tional.

Duke: Hosts South­ern on Fri­day night.


Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski yells to his play­ers dur­ing the first half against Michi­gan State on Nov. 14 in Chicago.

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