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Duke wins glamour game of Challenge

Kyrie Irving drives in for two of his 31 points for Duke, which led almost all game but didn’t put Michigan State away until late.

Associated Press

Kyrie Irving drives in for two of his 31 points for Duke, which led almost all game but didn’t put Michigan State away until late.

DURHAM, N.C. — Freshman Kyrie Irving had a season-high 31 points and No. 1 Duke beat No. 6 Michigan State 84-79 Wednesday night in the marquee matchup of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Nolan Smith added 17 points and Kyle Singler 15 for the Blue Devils (7-0), who shot 47 percent, turned 20 turnovers into 28 points, used a 12-2 spurt midway through the second half to take a double-figure lead and hit 9 of 12 free throws in the final 1:15.

Korie Lucious scored 20 and Draymond Green had 10 of his 16 in the final minute for the Spartans (5-2), who hit one field goal in a seven-minute stretch that coincided with Duke's run but otherwise hung tight with the reigning national champions.

Ultimately, Duke found a way to win its 17th straight game, its 23rd straight at Cameron Indoor Stadium and its NCAA-best 81st straight nonconference home game.

Mike Krzyzewski claimed the 875th victory of his coaching career to move one behind Adolph Rupp, who's third all-time.

For much of the way, little came easy for Duke. Michigan State closed to 69-64 on Durrell Summers' dunk with 3½ minutes left before Singler stuck back Irving's miss. Mason Plumlee hit two free throws to push it to 73-64 with 2:22 left.

NO. 3 PITT 80, DUQUESNE 66: Ashton Gibbs had 22 points, Gary McGhee had 13 rebounds and the host Panthers (8-0) outrebounded their city rival 56-35.

NO. 14 MEMPHIS 78, ARK. ST. 71, OT: Will Barton had 20 points as the host Tigers (6-0) survived. The Red Wolves got two quick baskets in overtime, but Memphis scored the next seven.

NO. 19 TEXAS 76, LAMAR 55: Freshman Cory Joseph had 16 points and nine rebounds, and the Longhorns (6-1) won their 23rd straight nonconference home game.

NO. 21 BYU 77, CREIGHTON 65: Brandon Davies had a career-high 24 points to lead four players in double figures for the Cougars (7-0) in their first true road game of the season.

NO. 22 PURDUE 58, VA. TECH 55, OT: JuJuan Johnson had 29 points, including a go-ahead 15-footer with 1:27 left in overtime, and the visiting Boilermakers (6-1) clinched the ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the Big Ten for the second straight season. The Big Ten won this year's series 6-5.

NO. 24 UNLV 82, ILLINOIS ST. 51: Sophomore guard Anthony Marshall had 16 points and Chace Stanback and Derrick Jaspar 12 each for the visiting Rebels (7-0).

WISCONSIN 87, N.C. STATE 48: The host Badgers (5-2) held the Wolfpack (4-2) scoreless for more than 10 minutes and topped Northwestern's 20-point rout of Georgia Tech for the Big Ten's biggest win of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

BC 88, INDIANA 76: Reggie Jackson had 27 points and five rebounds to lift host Boston College (5-2) over the Hoosiers (6-1) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

MARYLAND 62, PENN ST. 39: The Terrapins (6-2), in their first true road game of the season, routed the Nittany Lions (5-2) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Duke wins glamour game of Challenge 12/01/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 2, 2010 12:18am]
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