NO. 1 DUKE 88, NO. 2 MICHIGAN STATE 81
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 three-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 three-pointers 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.
NO. 5 VILLANOVA 113, NICHOLLS STATE 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 rout of Nicholls on Tuesday night.
Bridges set career highs with 23 points, 4 blocks and 5 steals, and Villanova (2-0) set a school record by blocking 13 shots. Spellman also had four blocks
Donte DiVincenzo added 20 points, Jalen Brunson had 17 points and the Wildcats had six players with at least 10 points while shooting 58 percent from the field in their second consecutive blowout of an inferior opponent.
Zaquavian Smith scored 25 points and Peters had 17 for the Colonels (1-1), who trailed by as many as 38 points.
NO. 17 GONZAGA 106, HOWARD 69
SPOKANE, Wash. — Freshman Zach Norvell Jr. scored 18 points and freshman Corey Kispert added 13 points for Gonzaga. Johnathan Williams and Rui Hachimura each scored 12 points for Gonzaga (2-0). R.J. Cole scored 16 points for Howard (0-3), which is playing 13 of its 16 non-conference games on the road. Howard shot 30 percent in the game and was outrebounded 51-33. Gonzaga made 14 three-pointers.
NO. 19 PURDUE 86,
MILWAUKEE — Seven-foot-2 center Isaac Haas scored 22 points, and Purdue capitalized on its size advantage in the paint.
Carsen Edwards had 15 points, while Vince Edwards added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Boilermakers (3-0). They held distinct edges in rebounding (34-23) and points in the paint (30-12).
Andrew Rowsey scored 25 points, while Markus Howard added 24 for Marquette (1-1) before fouling out with 5:20 left. Howard, the nation’s leader in three-point shooting last season (54.7 percent), went 4 of 8 from behind the arc against Purdue.
GEORGIA 74, S.C.-UPSTATE 65
ATHENS, Ga. -- Yante Maten had 22 points and 14 rebounds, William Jackson and Rayshaun Hammonds each scored 13 points and Georgia held off South Carolina-Upstate.
The Bulldogs (2-0) trailed by five points with 6:40 remaining, but less than 2 minutes later Hammonds hit a three-pointer and a layup to give Georgia the lead for good.
Mike Cunningham and Malik Moore each scored 16 points for South Carolina-Upstate (1-2).
TENNESSEE 84, HIGH POINT 53
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Lamonte' Turner and Jordan Bone each scored 16 points Tuesday as Tennessee (2-0) went on an early 32-0 run and rolled to a triumph over High Point (1-1).
Four nights after reaching the 100-point mark in its season opener, High Point was held scoreless for a stretch of 11 minutes, 43 seconds and didn't get a basket for a span of 12:15.
Admiral Schofield scored 14 points for Tennessee. Jahaad Proctor had 17 points and Andre Fox added 13 points for High Point.
ALABAMA 86, LIPSCOMB 64
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Collin Sexton had 22 points and five assists in his Alabama debut to lead the Crimson Tide to a victory over Lipscomb.
The NCAA reinstated Sexton, a Top 10 national recruit, after serving a onegame suspension for rules violations. Alabama (2-0) shot an efficient 60 percent from the floor, scoring 50 points in the paint, but shot just 38 percent from the free-throw line.
Donta Hall was the Crimson Tide’s leader down low. The junior scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, while freshman forward Alex Reese scored 4 points and had 9 rebounds.
Lipscomb (2-1) kept the contest within single digits for most of the game, but was unable to stop Alabama on the defensive end.
The Crimson Tide defense held the Bisons’ offense to 33 percent shooting, blocking 10 shots and surrendering just 22 points in the paint.
Garrison Mathews had 15 points and six rebounds for Lipscomb.
Sports on 11/15/2017
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