DURHAM, N.C., Sporting Alert – Grayson Allen had 18 points and Brandon Ingram finished with 16 and No. 15 Duke defeated Florida State 80-65 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday night. Box Score (PDF)
The Blue Devils (21-7, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) did most of the damage in the first half — knocking down seven of their nine total shots from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes to lead 43-30 at halftime.
Ingram also added six rebounds and two steals and Allen dished out five assists and picked up three steals for the home side, which rebounded from the 71-64 defeat to Louisville the last time out.
An energetic Marshall Plumlee collected his fifth double-double this season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, Luke Kennard finished with 12 points and Matt Jones added 11 points and five assists in his first game back from injury for Duke, which shot 43 percent en route to winning six of the past seven games.
“I just feel like we keep getting better and keep getting tougher,” Jones said.
“We won a big time game,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “They wear you out. (Coach) Leonard (Hamilton) does such a good job with his team and they are so athletic and play hard.
“We were able to do two things tonight that really helped us. One, we did not give up transition baskets that much and when you miss, and we missed a lot, they really can bring the ball down.
“And the second thing is we didn’t turn the ball over. Only five turnovers and 16 assists. Chase (Jeter) really gave us a big boost and Marshall (Plumlee) continues to play at a high level.
“You can tell our guys are in great physical shape, except Matt (Jones) is hurt, but the emotion that we have had to have for these last five games, they’re tired.”
Xavier Rathan-Mayes finished with 13 points to lead Florida State in scoring, but had four of his team’s nine turnovers.
Dwayne Bacon had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the road defeat while Devon Bookert finished with 10 points for the Seminoles (16-12, 6-10), who shot 50 percent from the field, but still lost their fifth straight game.
Florida State will next play host to No. 23 Notre Dame on Saturday, with Duke going on the road to take on Pittsburgh on Sunday.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES
Thursday, February 25
No. 15 DUKE 80, FLORIDA STATE 65
No. 18 INDIANA 74, ILLINOIS 47
No. 22 UTAH 81, ARIZONA STATE 46
No. 24 SMU 69, MEMPHIS 62