ATLANTA – Grayson Allen scored 23 points and No. 9 Duke, playing without Marvin Bagley III, beat Georgia Tech 80-69 on Sunday night to snap a two-game losing streak.
Allen, who started the game as the point guard with Trevon Duval on the bench, shot 5 for 14 from the field, including three 3-pointers, but made all 10 of his free throws.
The senior guard, who was held to single-digits the losses at St. John’s and North Carolina, added six assists and four rebounds in the win.
Freshman Wendell Carter Jr. had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and classmate Gary Trent Jr. added 15 points and six rebounds for the Blue Devils (20-5, 8-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who never trailed.
“I was proud of Wendell Carter. He had to shoulder a little bit more with 19 [points] and 10 [rebounds],” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
“I thought Grayson came through, especially on the free‐throw line. For a young group, we did a good job. [Trevon] Duval also came off the bench with his best performance in a couple weeks.”
Bagley III, who leads the ACC in scoring and rebounding with double figures, sat out the game with a mild right knee sprain as a precaution Duke said.
Meanwhile, Josh Okogie finished with 29 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead the way for Georgia Tech (11-14, 4-8), which was held for 33 percent shooting. Okogie has now scored 20 or more points in four of his last five games.
Evan Cole, with 10 points, was the only other player reaching double-figures for the Yellow Jackets, who have lost seven of eight.
Georgia Tech played without starting point guard Jose Alvarado for most of the game after he suffered a left elbow injury with 8:14 left in the first half and was taken to a hospital for X-rays.
He returned to McCamish Pavilion with his arm in a cast before waving to the crowd and making an exit.
Duke opened the game by scoring the first nine points, stormed out to a 28-10 lead and went into the halftime break leading 43-26. The visitors shot nearly 53 percent during that half.
Georgia Tech shot 26.7 percent from the field before halftime.
The Blue Devils led by as many as 26 points in the second half and although Georgia Tech managed to cut the deficit to 10, it was unable to get any closer.
Duke hosts Virginia Tech on Wednesday night.
Georgia Tech is at Wake Forest on Wednesday night.