Grayson Allen's big night leads No. 1 Duke over No. 2 Michigan State 88-81

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 02:19:05 PM. No. 1 Duke remained at the top after an 88-81 victory Tuesday night at the United Center against No. 2 Michigan State.
Duke senior captain Grayson Allen held tightly onto the ball, looked at the scoreboard for a final time and walked calmly over to the United Center sideline where his young teammates were high-fiving. It was a big game for Allen, but he certainly has been on bigger stages. That maturity and experience showed as he hit critical 3-pointers and stoically steered the No. 1 Blue Devils to an 88-81 victory against second-ranked Michigan State on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic. “I’ve played in 90 more games than the four teammates who are out there with me,” said Allen, who starts alongside four freshmen. “I feel a little more comfortable and calm out there.” In a Final Four-like atmosphere in Chicago, Allen scored a career-high 37 points to record a Champions Classic record. He drilled 7 of 11 3-pointers, making five of them after halftime, including a crucial one with less than a minute left to put the Blue Devils (3-0) ahead seven in a back-and-forth contest. “I felt like I was kind of hot from 3,” Allen said. “For me, when I get a few open looks, the basket gets bigger. For a shooter, when you see a couple of easy ones go in, the rest get easier.” With Duke having an all-star cast of freshmen, the Blue Devils season hinges as much on their development as it does Allen’s leadership. Often considered a college basketball villain — criticized for tripping incidents and flopping — Allen is embracing his role as the team’s elder statesman. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewkski compared...Read more
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