Uncasville, Conn. — Freshman Frank Jackson led five players in double figures with 17 points and top-ranked Duke defeated Penn State, 78-68, Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.
Amile Jefferson added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Blue Devils (3-1), who lost forward Chase Jeter to injury early in the game. The 6-foot-10 sophomore rolled his left ankle in the first half and did not return.
Tony Carr had 20 points and Shep Garner added 15 to lead Penn State (2-2).
Jeter went down under the Penn State basket while going for a rebound and was on the floor for several minutes before being helped off the court. His injury came minutes after Grayson Allen left the game, favoring the right foot he hurt in the recent loss to Kansas.
Allen went back to the locker room, but returned to the floor a few minutes later. He finished with 12 points and needs just three more to become the 65th Duke player with 1,000 points for his career.
Matt Jones and Luke Kennard added 15 points each for Duke.
Despite the injuries, the Blue Devils were able to go on an early 13-2 run that turned a tie game into a 21-10 lead. They led 36-24 at the half, despite some poor shooting from Allen and Kennard, who were a combined 4-for-15 from the floor. But Jackson picked up the slack, scoring 11 of his points before intermission.
A 3-point play by Allen stretched the lead to 64-51 midway through the second half and Duke held off Penn State the rest of the way.
(At) No. 6 Indiana 87, Liberty 48: James Blackmon Jr. made five 3-pointers and had 20 points to help the Hoosiers romp.
Indiana (3-0) scored the first nine points and built a 32-point lead in the first half.
Liberty (1-2) tried to fight back with 3-pointers, but made it worse by continually missing. The Flames were 5-of-27 (18.5 percent) from beyond the arc, including 1-of-17 (5.9 percent) in the first half. Indiana finished 9-of-21 (42.9 percent).
Robert Johnson added 13 points for Indiana and OG Anunoby had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Anunoby’s energy was noticeable on both ends on back-to-back possessions when he blocked a shot three rows deep into the stands and then threw down a two-handed dunk off a rebound.
(At) Nebraska 65, Louisiana Tech 54: Tai Webster and Jack McVeigh each had career highs, combining for 44 points as the Cornhuskers opened up a double-digit lead midway through the second half.
Webster scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half. McVeigh had 16 of his 21 in the second half
Nebraska (3-0) led 45-41 when McVeigh hit a 3-pointer with 11:56 left, then followed that up with a layup. Evan Taylor knocked down a jumper with 9:53 remaining that put the Huskers up 52-41.
Louisiana Tech (1-2) traded baskets with Nebraska over the next six minutes, with Ed Morrow Jr.’s dunk giving the Huskers a 60-50 lead with 3:53 left. But Nebraska didn’t hit another field goal.
The Bulldogs Erik McCree (16 points) hit a pair of jumpers to cut the Nebraska lead to six with 57 seconds left. But McVeigh hit two of three free throws and Webster added a pair to seal the win.
Nebraska outscored Louisiana Tech by 15 from the foul line.