BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Sporting Alert – Talented freshmen Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. both recorded double-doubles again and No. 1 Duke pulled away late to see off Indiana 91-81 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday.
Bagley III finished with 23 points on 10 of 15 shooting, along with 10 rebounds to complete his seventh double-double in the first true road win of the season for the nation’s top-ranked program.
“It was different,” Bagley said of his first true road game. “But we locked in defensively and we went on runs and that’s what put us over the top.”
Carter Jr. added 18 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks and shot 7 of 9 from the floor before fouling out of the game late in the second half for Duke (9-0).
Grayson Allen scored 18 of 21 points in the second half, as the Blue Devils used a late 17-4 spurt to eventually pull away from a provoking Indiana team that was a would not go away for almost 38 minutes.
Meanwhile, Trevon Duval added 15 points and six assists in another vital contribution for Duke, but coach Krzyzewski took the time to lavish praises on sophomore Marques Bolden after the big man’s key steal down the stretch.
The play, which resulted in a foul in favor of the Blue Devils, was described by the veteran coach as the “play of the game.”
“Marques made the play of the game. He gave us incredible energy,” said Coach K. “We beat tired tonight… It was a big win for us. Our 9th in 20 days.”
As a team, Duke shot 55 percent, but was only 3 for 17 from 3-pointers.
Indiana, meanwhile, shot 51 percent overall, but was only 5 for 21 from 3s and went 16 of 26 from the free throw line.
Duke and Bagley III return home this weekend to hosts South Dakota on Saturday.
Indiana will begin Big Ten conference play Saturday at Michigan.