DURHAM, N.C., Sporting Alert – Grayson Allen scored 19 points and Brandon Ingram grabbed a double-double to help Duke beat No. 13 Louisville 72-65 in their college basketball battle on Big Monday.
Allen successfully connected on 4 of his 6 attempts from 3-point range on the night, while knocking down all five of his free throws and finished with four rebounds in the win for the Blue Devils (18-6, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Ingram added 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor, while pulling down 10 rebounds and ending with four assists and one block for Duke, which shot 50 percent in the second half.
Luke Kennard finished with 11 points, while Marshall Plumlee, who got off to a strong start ended with 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals for the Blue Devils, who won three straight games and four in the past five outings.
Donovan Mitchell paced Louisville with 17 points off the bench in the defeat.
Quentin Snider added 12 points for the Cardinals (19-5, 8-3) before fouling out with 2:01 remaining, while Trey Lewis grabbed 11.
“We missed itty-bitty layups, we missed free throws, just little things that we just missed, and we could have won off that,” Snider said.
Damion Lee finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists for Louisville, which shot 42.4 percent overall.
Duke, which was 21 of 28 from the free throw line, led 35-24 at halftime and led by as many as 15-points during the game.
Interesting, the Blue Devils were recording their first win against a ranked team this season after losing both their previous tries on the term.
“I felt like we were tough,” said junior guard Matt Jones, who scored eight points for Duke. “Guys wanted the ball. We made winning plays, and we went to the free throw line and we made free throws.
“Those are signs of toughness. … We knew that we’d been in this position before, and we were kind of just drawing off experience.”
The victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium could not have come at a better time for Mike Krzyzewski side, which is bracing for a very difficult stretch where it will face No. 7 Virginia, No. 9 North Carolina and Louisville again in the coming fixtures.