Game 15: #4 Duke 81 #19 Michigan State 71

18 Nov

In the undercard of the Champions Classic #4 Duke outlasted #19 Michigan State 81-71. The veterans of Michigan State just couldn’t keep pace with the young guns of Duke.  After trailing by seven at halftime 40-33, the Spartans got as close as three in the 2nd half at 51-48 before Duke went on a 13-3 run to extend the lead to 64-51 and the Blue Devils never looked back.

Duke only got seven bench points but the freshmen trio of Jahlil Okafor, Justice Winslow and Tyus Jones combined for 49 points showing off their flash and athleticism along the way.  Duke’s floor general Quinn Cook added 19 points and six assists for the winning side.

The Spartans had three players in double figures led by senior Branden Dawson’s 18 points and eight rebounds.  Travis Trice added 15 points, six rebounds and eight assists and Denzel Valentine knocked in 13 points in the loss.


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