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Watts Scores 20, No. 8 Michigan State Beats No. 6 Duke 75-69

Watts Scores 20, No. 8 Michigan State Beats No. 6 Duke 75-69

Rocket Watts scored 20 points and Julius Marble had a careerhigh 12 to help No. 8 Michigan State beat No. 6 Duke 7569 on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic.

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.

BIG PICTURE

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.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Michigan State should continue to climb in the AP Top 25, while Duke might slip a bit.

UP NEXT

Michigan State hosts Detroit on Friday night.

Duke hosts Bellarmine on Friday night.

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duke started strong 13-3

took

took msu six minutes to make a second shot

1-7 3s

henry 4 pts 2-6 fg

1-8 3s in first 8 minutes

jalen jonson 15-7

3-15, 6 turnovers

down 15-7

huaser two fouls in first half of the first half

8 of 16 points duke on FTS

16-9

msu to leads to another bucket, brakefield layup 18-9 mid 1st

18-11

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

25-18

25-20 rocket

rocket pullup 25-22

msu 8 turnovers, duke 6

marble jumper 8 pots, 37-31

halftime 37-33

13-4 run to end the half

msu ended its previous game with a 17-0 run in the first half against notre dame

27-22

27-24, henry takes – 8 pts 4-11

29-24

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

2nd half

hauser left hook 39-33

langford 3 42-33

4-13 on 3s

duke 1-10 on s

42-35

rocket 46-36 lay

11 points

henry stal

rocket floater 48-36

hauser 3 51-36

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