DURHAM, N.C.: Rocket Watts scored 20 points and Julius Marble had a career-high 12 to help No. 8 Michigan State beat No. 6 Duke 75-69 on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic.
The Spartans (3-0) trailed by 10 early in the game but closed the first half with a 13-4 surge to take a 37-33 lead at halftime.
Michigan State maintained control in the second half, leading by as many as 16, with balance on offense to go with aggressive defense and rebounding.
The Blue Devils (1-1) rallied late and pulled within five in the final minute. They started strong and led 13-3 before struggling to make shots or get stops. Duke shot just 32% from the field and allowed five Spartans to score in double figures.
Joey Hauser had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State. Aaron Henry had 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks. Malik Hall added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Matthew Hurt had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Duke, but freshman Jalen Johnson was limited to 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting after scoring 24 in his college debut.
Jaemyn Brakefield scored 11 and Jordan Goldwire had 10 points for the Blue Devils.
Michigan State: Tom Izzo improved his coaching record to 3-12 against the Blue Devils with the Spartans’ first win at Duke, which didn’t have its raucous fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Duke: Settling for jump shots proved to be a problem because they simply were not falling all night for the Blue Devils, who missed 14 of their first 15 3-pointers.
Michigan State should continue to climb in the AP Top 25, while Duke might slip a bit.
Michigan State hosts Detroit on Friday night.
Duke hosts Bellarmine on Friday night.
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duke started strong 13-3
took msu six minutes to make a second shot
henry 4 pts 2-6 fg
1-8 3s in first 8 minutes
jalen jonson 15-7
3-15, 6 turnovers
huaser two fouls in first half of the first half
8 of 16 points duke on FTS
msu to leads to another bucket, brakefield layup 18-9 mid 1st
3-9 6 pts henry
marble hook 4 pts 18-13
flagrant foul down 3 points, and didn’t make two free throws or shot on possession – possibly 4 or 5 point swing with 7-plus minutes
hauser back in – rare
brakefiled 3 21-15, 6 pots 2-2 fg
hauser 3, 23-18
rocket pullup 25-22
msu 8 turnovers, duke 6
marble jumper 8 pots, 37-31
13-4 run to end the half
msu ended its previous game with a 17-0 run in the first half against notre dame
27-24, henry takes – 8 pts 4-11
29-26, malik hall
loyer ties at 29
marble go-ahead … trailed by 10 … up 31-29 2-plus left
msu up 35-31 henry lay
hauser left hook 39-33
langford 3 42-33
4-13 on 3s
duke 1-10 on s
rocket 46-36 lay
rocket floater 48-36
hauser 3 51-36