Allen leads No. 1 Duke over No. 2 MSU

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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 ca­reer­high 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 night.

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.

“It’s not a thing. You don’t get any ban­ners for a record against one school or against an­other coach,” Krzyzewski said, brush­ing away any talk about his record against the Spar­tans. “Our pro­gram is about win­ning against ev­ery­body if we can.”

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 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.

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

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.

“His eye was start­ing to shut,” Krzyzewski said. “At first he had a hard time see­ing out of the eye. It’s scratched. I think he’ll be fine.”


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.


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.


Michi­gan State: Izzo was frus­trated by the re­bound­ing deficit and Michi­gan State’s 17 turnovers, but the Spar­tans looked every bit of their lofty rank­ing.

Duke: Trent was just 3 for 14 from the field, but his late 3 was a key mo­ment. “I’m proud of him,” Krzyzewski said. “A lot of guys wouldn’t shoot it. He just knocked it down.”

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