No. 2 Michigan State Falls Short Against No. 1 Duke, 88-81
A trio of Spartans each tallied 19 points on the night.
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CHICAGO - No. 2 Michigan State held a two-point lead with just over four minutes left in the game but top-ranked Duke used a late run en route to an 88-81 win over the Spartans in the Champions Classic at the United Center Tuesday night.
Michigan State falls to 1-1 overall, while Duke improves to 3-0.
A trio of MSU players scored 19 points, with freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. going for 19 along with seven rebounds and three blocked shots, while sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges had 19 with five rebounds and four blocks and sophomore forward Nick Ward added 19 points and five rebounds.
The Spartans led 75-73 with 4:12 to play after sophomore guard Cassius Winston fed redshirt senior Kenny Goins for a dunk. Duke tied the game back on a dunk from Wendell Carter Jr. and back-to-back 3-pointers from Gary Trent Jr. and Grayson Allen, who scored a game-high 37 points, pushed the Blue Devils lead to 81-75 with 2:27 to play.
Jackson hit a layup to cut the lead to 81-77, but Allen hit a 3-pointer and a turnover led to a dunk from Javin DeLaurier, extending the margin to 86-77.
MSU shot 50.8 percent from the floor (31-of-61), hit 36.0 percent of its 3-pointers (9-of-25), and shot only 55.6 percent from the free throw line (10-of-18).
The first half was a back-and-forth affair with five ties and five lead changes. The Blue Devils went into the break up 38-34 after Allen hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Spartans led 12-8 after a Jackson jumper, but Duke used a 16-2 run to take a 24-14 lead on a three from Allen. Michigan State responded, out-scoring the Blue Devils 11-0 and taking a 25-24 lead on a Ward layup. The run was keyed by 3-pointers from Bridges, Jackson and sophomore guard Joshua Langford.
The Spartans were out-rebounded 46-34, handed out 25 assists and committed 17 turnovers.
Michigan State is back in action on Sunday, Nov. 19 hosting Stony Brook at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan.