DURHAM, N.C., Sporting Alert – Grayson Allen scored 25 points and Marvin Bagley III recorded another double-double and No. 1 Duke beat South Dakota 96-80 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
Allen, who scored 15 of his points in a brisk section in the first half, went 8 of 11 overall from the floor and four of his five 3-point attempts.
“I feel like everyone had good intensity,” Allen said. “It just kind of dropped off a little bit in the second half when they got 50 points. It’s something we have to continue through the whole game.”
Freshman sensation Bagley III collected his eighth double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds to go with three blocks, while shooting 8 of 11 from the floor.
His classmate Trevon Duval ended with 14 points and eight assists and sophomore Javin DeLaurier added a career-high 13 points to go with nine rebounds for the Blue Devils (10-0), who lead by as many as 29 points early in the second half.
“What I saw was a team that put the (previous) nine games behind them and showed up ready to play,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
“And I didn’t help my team as much as I could in the second half because I subbed differently.
“But that was OK, because we needed to get time for a bunch of kids. I saw us beating a good team today, overall.”
Tyler Hagedorn and Nick Fuller each scored 16 points for the South Dakota.
Hagedorn also grabbed seven rebounds for Coyotes (7-3), who shot 50 percent after halftime and outscored Duke in the second half while playing from far behind.
As a team, Duke shot 56 percent (35-63), but was only 7 for 17 from 3-pointers.
The Blue Devils shot 62 percent to lead 56-30 at halftime.
“Look we’re 10-0, and with this schedule, it’s been really good,” Krzyzewski said. “Can it be better? Yeah. Can it be worse? Hell yes. It can be a lot worse, it can be a lot worse.”
South Dakota shot 44 percent on 30 for 68 shooting in the defeat.
South Dakota hosts Drake on Wednesday night, while Duke goes for it’s 11th successive win against St. Francis (Pennsylvania) on Tuesday night at home.