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

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CHICAGO — 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.

5-Vil­lanova 113, Ni­cholls 77

PHILADEL­PHIA — Mikal Bridges set ca­reer highs with 23 points and four blocks, and No. 5 Vil­lanova swat­ted away a school-record 13 shots in a 113-77 rout of

Ni­cholls on Tues­day night.

Donte DiVin­cenzo added 20 points, Jalen Brun­son had 17 and the Wild­cats (2-0) had six play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures while shoot­ing 58 per­cent from the field in their sec­ond straight blowout of an in­fe­rior op­po­nent.

Zaqua­vian Smith scored 25 points and Roddy Peters had

17 for the Colonels (1-1), who trailed by as many as 38 points.

Vil­lanova, which cruised past Columbia 75-60 on Fri­day, raced to a 22-9 lead and was never threat­ened. Bridges shot 4 of

7 from 3-point range and the Wild­cats were 13 of 30 from be­hind the arc.

The Colonels, picked to fin­ish 10th out of 13 teams in the South­land Con­fer­ence, en­tered as a 32-point un­der­dog and were quickly over­whelmed in the schools’ first meet­ing.

With just over 8 min­utes re­main­ing in the first half, Ni­cholls had more turnovers (7) than field goals (5) as they fell be­hind


The most im­pres­sive Vil­lanova se­quence came when Bridges had two blocks and Om- ari Spell­man one on the same pos­ses­sion, bring­ing the crowd and the Wild­cats bench to their feet.

Spell­man fin­ished with four blocks.

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