NEW YORK — Marvin Bagley III had a double-double with 33 points and 17 rebounds and No. 5 Duke eased to an 88-70 victory over Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals Thursday night.
After a slow first-half in which he went 4 of 10 for 10 points, Bagley III scored 23 of his total points in the second half and missed just one his 12 shots to lead the way in the win.
The Freshman ACC Player of the Year was just one point shy of his career-high, set against Texas in late November.
“Bagley was just … the first pick in the draft,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. “He’s a can’t-miss star.”
Bagley III reflected on his performance, the win for the team and his debut at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“It was a great team win. But for this — my first time being here, a lot of the freshmen’s first time being here, it’s a great experience,” he said.
“I definitely think that we’re getting better and we’re continuing to grow as a team.
“It’s not a better time to grow as it is in March when we’re getting into tournaments and stuff like that. It’s a perfect time for us to continue to come together and play at our best.”
Grayson Allen made his first five 3-pointers and ended with 23 points on 7 of 10 shooting overall, while Trevon Duval handed out a team-high 11 assists for the second-seeded Blue Devils (26-6).
Freshman big man Wendell Carter Jr., who fell into early foul trouble, was limited to just four points in 17 minutes, while Gary Trent Jr. had only eight.
“Carter has got an injury problem with his foot that he didn’t practice this week, and he was — he played gingerly tonight, and we’ll see about tomorrow,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski revealed.
“We just have to be really careful. But he did not play at the level because he’s not physically at that level.”
Bonzie Colson had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for Notre Dame, which missed the chance to score a victory over a top team that would have boosted its chances to secure an NCAA Tournament slot.
Martinas Geben added 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting with eight rebounds, senior guard Matt Farrell ended with 11 points and 12 assists, while John Mooney finished with 10 points for the 10th-seeded Fighting Irish (20-14), who many believe will miss out on the “Big Dance.”
As a team, Notre Dame shot almost 45-percent from the field, but was only 5 for 23 from 3-point range.
Duke, which shot 55-percent from the field and 47-percent from 3-pointers, outrebounded the Fighting Irish 40-29 and held the lead for all by 37-seconds, which was early in the first half.
The Duke Blue Devils advanced to ACC Tournament semifinal for a matchup with North Carolina for the second year in succession.