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

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS -

CHICAGO — Grayson Allen — Duke’s lone se­nior — scored a ca­reer-high 37 points, fresh­man Trevon Du­val had 17 points and 10 as­sists, and the topranked 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.

No. 4 Kansas 65, No. 7 Ken­tucky 61

CHICAGO — Svi Mykhail­iuk scored 17 points, and Devonte Gra­ham hit the clinch­ing free throws for Kansas.

In a game that matched the two win­ningest Di­vi­sion I pro­grams, the Jay­hawks (2-0) pre­vailed af­ter the 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).

Kevin Knox led Ken­tucky with 20 points, and Hami­dou Diallo added 14.

No. 5 Vil­lanova 113, Ni­cholls 77

PHILADEL­PHIA — Mikal Bridges re­jected con­sec­u­tive shots by Roddy Peters in the lane, pro­duc­ing “oohs” from the crowd.

And No. 5 Vil­lanova wasn’t done, not even on this pos­ses­sion.

Omari Spell­man brought the fans and bench play­ers to their feet by swat­ting Tevon Sad­dler’s fol­low at­tempt from be­hind, giv­ing the Wild­cats three blocks in 8 sec­onds and set­ting the tone in a record-set­ting 113-77 rout of Ni­cholls on Tues­day night.

Bridges set ca­reer highs with 23 points, four blocks and five steals, and Vil­lanova (2-0) set a school record by block­ing 13 shots. Spell­man also had four re­jec­tions.

Donte DiVin­cenzo added 20 points, Jalen Brun­son had 17 and the Wild­cats had six play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures while shoot­ing 58 per­cent from the field in their sec­ond straight blowout of an in­fe­rior op­po­nent.


Duke guard Grayson Allen, right, drives on Michi­gan State guard Joshua Lang­ford dur­ing the first half of Tues­day night’s col­lege bas­ket­ball game be­tween the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the na­tion. Top-ranked Duke beat the Spar­tans, 88-81.

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