Grayson Allen was just too much for Michigan State to handle as Duke pulled away in the end, beating the Spartans 88-81.
Michigan State (1-1) is now 3-4 in the annual Champions Classic following the loss, dropping Tom Izzo to 1-11 against the Blue Devils. Duke (3-0) seems to have the Hall of Fame head coach's number, but he hopes to have another shot in the Final Four.
Duke's Allen scored 37 points and was too much to handle for the Spartans. He made 11-of-20 field goals, including 7-of-11 shots from 3-point range. On the other side, Miles Bridges led Michigan State with 19 points, five rebounds and four blocks. Nick Ward and Jaren Jackson Jr. each added 19 points.
The Spartans and Blue Devils exchanged runs, but ultimately it was Duke who held on for the seven-point win.
Michigan State will get a chance to rebound Sunday against Stony Brook.
Grayson Allen ices game
After the timeout, Miles Bridges missed a 3-pointer on one end and Grayson Allen hits it on the other to extend Duke's lead to six. Jaren Jackson Jr. made a layup to trial the lead, but another Allen 3-pointer and a breakaway layup seemingly iced the game, putting Duke up by nine. Nick Ward hit a layup to cut the lead to seven, but Duke held on for an 88-81 win.
Game going down to the wire
Grayson Allen and Miles Bridges traded 3-pointers to make it 71-69 Duke. A Wendell Carter Jr. elbow hit Ben Carter in the head, stopping play. He was called for a live-ball contact technical foul. Cassius Winston hit 1-of-2 technical free throws. Bridges then hit another 3-pointer to give Michigan State a 73-71 lead, but Duke's Trevon Duval tied it up right away. An offensive rebound by Kenny Goins set up a Winston assist to give the Spartans a two-point lead. Duke would tie it right back up. Duke's Gary Trent Jr. would hit a 3-pointer to give Duke a 78-75 lead at the under-four timeout.
Fouls mount for Spartans
Following the under-12 timeout, Matt McQuaid drew an and-one with a free throw to potentially tie the game, but he missed. Nick Ward rebounded the ball and was fouled by Gary Trent Jr. and made 1-of-2 to tie the game. Josh Langford was fouled after a Duke miss and made both to give the Spartans a 61-59 lead. Duke's Trevon Duval made a nifty layup to tie the game. Ward was then called for a questionable foul on Wendell Carter Jr. to put Duke in the bonus. The Blue Devils extended their lead to 65-62. Michigan State was called for another foul after a Jackson Jr. dunk for the under-eight timeout.
Michigan State goes on 12-2 run
Duke extended its lead to 10 before Jaren Jackson Jr. drew a foul and hit two free throws to make it 54-46. Miles Bridges hit a 3-pointer and both Nick Ward and Cassius Winston added easy buckets to cut the Duke lead to three. A steal by Michigan State led to an and-one by Ward to tie the game. Grayson Allen then hit a contested 3-pointer to regain the lead before the under-12 timeout.
Duke remains hot to start the second half
Michigan State starts the half with a Miles Bridges assist to Nick Ward in the post for an easy dunk. Duke's Wendell Carter Jr. responded with a layup but Bridges hit a 3-pointer to pull within a point, 40-39. Grayson Allen responded with a wide open jumper. Jaren Jackson Jr. hit a 3-pointer to tie it. The fouls kept rolling in as the Blue Devils continued to take advantage of the major free throw discrepancy, taking a 48-42 lead. Ward then hit a layup to cut into the lead. Bridges turned the ball over and it led to a Grayson Allen breakaway layup to make it 52-44. Tom Izzo called a timeout.
Duke ends half on 8-0 run
A couple of offensive rebounds by Duke led to fouls and the Blue Devils made just 1-of-4 free throws. Tum Tum Nairn drove the floor in response and made a tying layup to make it 27-27. Duke's Javin DeLaurier was then whistled for an over-the-back foul, putting Kenny Goins at the line. He made both free throws to give Michigan State a two-point lead. Another offensive rebound by Duke caused a Nick Ward foul, putting Antonio Vrankovic at the line and he made 1-of-2. A good defensive stand led to a fast-break layup by Josh Langford to give Michigan State a three-point lead. He then hit a 3-pointer after a Vrankovic layup.
Grayson Allen was fouled on a three, which he sold by flailing his arms, and he made all of his free throws to make it 34-33 in favor of Michigan State. A turnover led to a Duke dunk on the fast-break which gave the Blue Devils a 35-34 lead with about 30 seconds left in the half. Langford missed a 3-pointer with under 10 seconds left and Allen hit a 3-pointer from about 35 feet out at the buzzer on the other end.
Spartans' run extends to 11-0
After a Duke timeout, the Spartans took the lead by winding the shot clock down and finding Nick Ward in the paint for a contested layup. A defensive lapse by Nick Ward gave Duke the lead back after an 11-0 run and then Jaren Jackson Jr. turned the ball over and then poked it out of bounds to lead to the under-four timeout.
Michigan State goes on 9-0 run
Jaren Jackson Jr. steps out in the corner for a big 3-pointer and on the other end of the floor, the referees miss an over-the-back call to give Duke an offensive rebound. Marques Bolden is fouled on the ensuing layup but misses both free throws. Miles Bridges and Jackson Jr. then hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the Duke lead to just one, 24-23.
Big run fuels Duke lead
Duke raced out to a 13-0 run and took a 21-12 lead. Marvin Bagley, Duke’s top freshman, went down with an injury after getting hit in the eye. After a five-plus minute drought, Ben Carter hit a layup to give the offense some life. Grayson Allen hit a 3-pointer to answer right back. Jaren Jackson Jr. drew a foul to trigger the under-eight timeout.
Duke bounces right back
After the under-16 timeout, Duke scored the first four points to tie the game at 8-8, but a Gavin Schilling dunk put the Spartans back ahead. A big Jaren Jackson Jr. block ignited the crowd and Schilling added another tip in for his second bucket.
Spartans race out to early lead
Michigan State and Duke traded blows in the first few minutes of the game, but the Spartans took an 8-4 lead thanks to a couple of fast break scores by Nick Ward. Jaren Jackson Jr. added an and-one, but couldn’t make the free throw.
It's never too early for a heavyweight tilt in college basketball. On Tuesday night, fans will get two of them in the same building.
The opener pits the top two-ranked teams in the country, when No. 2 Michigan State takes on No. 1 Duke in the Champions Classic in Chicago. Tip-off is at 7 p.m., and boasts arguably the nation's top team in Duke and the nation's best player in Michigan State sophomore Miles Bridges.
Bridges' teammates are no slouches, either, of course, as the game is billed as a showdown between potential Final Four teams.
Both teams opened with relatively easy victories — Michigan State cruising past North Florida, 98-66, and Duke blasting Elon, 97-68, before pulling away from an upstart Utah Valley, 99-69.
The game will be followed by Kansas and Kentucky, ranked Nos. 4 and 7, respectively, in the Associated Press Top 25.
MICHIGAN STATE VS. DUKE
What: Champions Classic
Tip-off: 7 p.m. Tuesday, United Center, Chicago
Records: No. 2 MSU is 1-0. No. 1 Duke is 2-0.
Note: Kentucky-Kansas will follow at approximately 9:30 p.m.