Michigan State vs. Duke: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2016

Duke's Amile Jefferson (21) drives to the basket against Appalachian State's Patrick Good during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Gerry Broome

No. 5 Duke 78, Michigan State 69 

The No. 5 Duke Blue Devils won their 130th consecutive nonconference game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday, as they downed the Michigan State Spartans in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. 

The experienced Blue Devils faced a challenge from the young Spartans in the first half, as the visitors thrived in transition to avoid the length of Duke in the paint. That led to a tie game at halftime. 

Duke began to pull away with 14 minutes left in the second half, as it unleashed an 11-0 run led by Grayson Allen. Allen, who had an awful first half, ended with 24 points despite shooting 7-for-21 from the field. 

Duke appeared to be in a bit of trouble when Amile Jefferson and Frank Jackson got themselves into foul trouble in the second half, but the Spartans were unable to exploit the weaknesses in Duke's short rotation. 

Allen led all scorers with 24, while Luke Kennard contributed 19 points for the Blue Devils. Jefferson picked up his fourth double-double in five games as he recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds. 

Four Michigan State players reached double digits in the scoring column, with Eron Harris leading the way with 14. 

 

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