Florida vs. Duke: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistDecember 7, 2016

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 29:  Grayson Allen
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No. 5 Duke 84, No. 21 Florida 74 

Luke Kennard and Amile Jefferson powered the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils to a win over the No. 21 Florida Gators on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. 

Kennard did most of his work from behind the three-point line, as he contributed 29 points on 11-for-16 shooting. 

Jefferson recorded his fifth double-double of the young season with 24 points and 14 rebounds. 

The Gators tried to keep pace with the well-rounded Blue Devils, but they kept handing Kennard open looks throughout the second half. 

Duke added another element to the offense in the second half, as freshman Jayson Tatum heated up to score 16 points in the closing stanza. Tatum ended with 22 points in his second game of the year. 

Florida got within seven points in the final two minutes of the second half, but a few costly turnovers ended the Gators' comeback hopes. 

The big nights from Jefferson, Kennard and Tatum marked the first time since January 20, 2001 that three Duke players scored over 22 points in a game, per ESPN Stats and Info

Three Florida players scored in double digits, including KeVaughn Allen with 19 points. 

 

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