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The No. 9 Duke Blue Devils defeated the No. 18 Michigan State Spartans 74-65 at the United Center in Chicago on Tuesday night in the opening game of the annual Champions Classic. Both teams featured dreadful offensive performances in the first half. The Spartans shot just 29% from the field in the first half and 15% from 3PT. Duke held a comfortable double digit halftime lead led by a balanced scoring attack. The Spartans made their run in the second half, narrowing their deficit to as little as 3-points. However, Caleb Foster’s hot shooting display in the second half proved to be enough for the Blue Devils to secure the win. Foster scored 16 second half points with the help of 4 three-pointers. Kyle Filipowski finished with 15 points while Proctor and Mitchell collected 13-points each. Tyson Walker and Malik Hall led the second half charge for the Spartans. Walker led Michigan State in scoring with 22 points while Hall added 18 points. AJ Hoggard directed the Spartans offense with a game-high 8 assists. The game was played at a slower and more deliberate pace, with both teams struggling to score for long stretches various times throughout the game. In the end, Michigan State’s inability to hit threes and consistently get to the basket for easy scores led to the Blue Devils pulling away. Duke shot 30 free-throws in the game to Michigan State’s 12. The Blue Devils classically got the favorable whistle to the dismay of Tom Izzo and the Spartan heavy crowd. Both teams look to continue to improve as the season moves forward and settle into their offensive styles of play.

Game Recap:

First Half

Michigan State won the tip and scored the first points of the game off of a Malik Hall three-pointer. Duke responded with a score from Filipowski. Michigan State followed their opening score with an 0 for 7 run from the field with each team failing to score a point for over a 3-minute stretch. The score at the first media timeout was 3-2 Michigan State. Fears finally ended a 5-minute scoring drought for the Spartans and pushed the lead to 5-2 Michigan State. Filipowski ended a 6-minute Duke scoring drought with a spin-move layup. Roach hit the Blue Devils first three of the game following a mid-range jumper by Hall. The game was tied at 9 apiece with 11:45-minutes to play in the first half. Adkins nailed a three for the Spartans to push their lead to 12-9 Michigan State. The Spartans took another 3-minute scoring drought into the under 8-minute media timeout. The game remained tied at 12-12. Duke went on a 6-0 spurt to give them a 15-12 lead. Walker responded with an and-one opportunity for the Spartans. Walker missed the free-throw and Duke held the 15-14 lead. Hoggard drove the lane and got fouled for the and-one chance, but missed the free-throw that would have tied the game. Hoggard found a wide-open Cooper for an easy slam. Proctor responded with a three-pointer then Mitchell converted an and-one opportunity to push the Duke lead to 24-18 with 3:49-minutes to play in the half. Foster pushed the Duke run to 8-0 over the course of 3-minutes and gave the Blue Devils a 27-18 lead before Walker hit a floater to end the Spartans scoring drought. Proctor hit a mid-range jumper for the fourth consecutive Blue Devils make. Roach got fouled on a three-point attempt with under 30-seconds to play and 2 out 3 to give the Blue Devils a 31-20 lead with 17-seconds to play. Both teams turned the ball over in the last seconds of the half as Duke led Michigan State by a score of 31-20. The Blue Devils ended the final 4:25-minutes of the half on a 12-2 run. Duke shot 45% from the field in the half after a slow start while holding the Spartans to just 29% shooting in the half. Both teams were dreadful from behind the arc at 25% from Duke (2 of 8 3PT), and 15% from Michigan State (2 of 13 3PT). The Blue Devils committed 10 first half turnovers to the Spartans 9. The Blue Devils consistently got to the line at a higher rate than the Spartans, with Duke going 11 of 14 from the charity stripe and Michigan State missing both of just their 2 free-throw attempts in the half. Mitchell led all scorers with 9 first half points, while four players contributed 5 points each for Duke (Roach, Proctor, Young, Filipowski). Hall led the Spartans with 5 points, with Walker close behind at 4 points.

Halftime:  Duke 31 – Michigan State 20

Second Half

The second half began with a Hall and-one opportunity for the Spartans. The score sat at 31-22 Duke after the missed free-throw. Hall followed a Proctor layup with a three-pointer. The pace to begin the second half was lighting quick with both teams converting scoring chances. Walker made a layup to narrow the lead to 6, then Akins converted a put-back to make the score 35-31 Duke with 16:25-minutes to play. Foster nailed the first three of the half for Duke to extend their lead to 38-31. Proctor finished through contact and a foul off of a good pass from Young to push the score to 40-33 Duke at the under 16-minute media timeout. Foster hit another three to push the lead to 44-33 Blue Devils. Foster again converted with a mid-range jumper, giving him 10 points on the game. Hoggard found Walker in the corner for a three-pointer to narrow the Spartans deficit to 47-40. Foster crashed the boards for a putback layup off of a Filipowski missed three. The Blue Devils led 51-40 with 10:16-minutes to play. Walker nailed a three at the top of the key and followed with an alley-oop to Carr to narrow the Duke lead to 51-45. Walker then hit another three to bring the Spartans within 3 at 51-48 with 8:25-minutes to play to cap a 8-0 run over just a 1:27-minute span. Walker hit a stop-and-pop mid-range jumper to keep the Spartans within 3 at 53-50 with 6-minutes to play. Filipowski converted an and-one chance to push the Duke lead to 58-52. Walker made an acrobatic play to keep the Spartans within striking distance at 60-54 Blue Devils. Foster nailed his third three of the game to propel the Blue Devils lead to 9 at 65-56 with 3-minutes to play. Foster followed the next possession with his fourth three-pointer, further solidifying Duke’s lead at 68-56 with just 1:52-minutes to play. The Blue Devils held on defense and went on to win the game by a score of 74-65.

Final: Duke 74 – Michigan State 65

Game Stats:

Duke FG %: 45% (27% 3PT – 6 of 22) (80% FT – 24 of 30)

Michigan State FG %: 41% (32% 3PT – 6 of 19) (58% FT – 7 of 12)

Rebounds: 35 – 33 Duke

Assist/Turnover Ratio: Duke – 17:13, Michigan State 12:13

Turnovers: Duke (13), Michigan State (13)

Points off Turnovers: 9 -9 Tie

Fast Break Points: 11 -1 Michigan State

Paint Points: 34- 24 Michigan State

Bench Points: 26 – 10 Duke

Player Stats:


Kyle Filipowski – [(15 points) (8 rebounds) (3 assists) (1 steal) (2 blocks)]

Tyrese Proctor – [(13 points) (6 rebounds) (6 assists) (2 steals) (1 block)]

Mark Mitchell – [(13 points) (4 rebounds) (2 steals)]

Jeremy Roach. – [(7 points) (1 rebound) (5 assists) (1 steal)]

Jared McCain – [(1 rebound)]

Caleb Foster – [(18 points) (3 rebounds) (1 assist) (1 block)]

Ryan Young – [(8 points) (7 rebounds) (2 assists)] *led team with a plus/minus of + 24 in 24-minutes

Jaylen Blakes – [(1 rebound)]

Sean Stewart – [(1 rebound) (1 block)

Michigan State

Tyson Walker – [(22 points) (2 rebounds) (1 assist) (1 steal) (1 block)]

Malik Hall – [(18 points) (3 rebounds)]

Jaden Akins – [(11 points) (8 rebounds) (1 steal)]

Mady Sissoko – [(2 points) (3 rebounds) (1 block)]

A.J. Hoggard – [(2 points) (4 rebounds) (8 assists)]

Carson Cooper – [(4 points) (8 rebounds) (1 steal) (1 block)]

Tre Holloman – [(2 points) (1 assist)]

Jeremy Fear Jr. – [(2 points) (1 assist) (1 steal)]

Coen Carr – [(2 points) (1 rebound) (1 assist) (1 steal) (3 blocks)]

No. 9 Duke’s next game is Friday, November 17 versus the Bucknell Bison (1-2) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on the ACC Network.

No. 18 Michigan State’s next matchup is back in East Lansing on Friday, November 17 against the Butler Bulldogs (3-0). Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on FS1.

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