Grayson Allen Scores 19, No. 12 Duke Beats No. 11 Clemson

Grayson Allen of Duke

CLEMSON, S.C. — Grayson Allen scored 19 points, including 17 in the first half and No. 12 Duke held on to beat No. 11 Clemson 66-57 in a key conference game on Sunday. VIDEOBOX SCORE (HTML) | BOX SCORE (PDF)

Allen went 4 of 7 from the floor and made all seven of his free throw attempts in the first half to set the tone for the visitors.

The senior guard finished the game with four assists and four steals as well.

Wendell Carter Jr. added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds and led the inside presence for the Blue Devils (22-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who were again without injured freshman sensation Marvin Bagley III for a third successive game.

“For us, that’s three wins with arguably as talented a kid as there is in the country out,” Duke head coach Mike Kzyzewski said.

Trevon Duval had 12 points, while Gary Trent Jr. ended with 11, including hitting three foul shots with 1:31 left to put No. 12 Duke ahead for good after the travelers had given up their entire 10-point second half lead.

“We’re becoming a team,” Allen said after the win. “We’re coming together.”

Marcquise Reed and Elijah Thomas paced Clemson with 13 points apiece.

Thomas also had 15 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the year and ended with three assists and three blocks as well.

Reed also added five rebounds and five assists to his stats.

Aamir Simms had 10 points in the defeat for the Tigers (20-6, 9-5), who were losing for the first time at home this season after winning the previous 13 games.

Clemson played without point guard Shelton Mitchell, who was out with a concussion he suffered in a defeat to Florida State last Wednesday night.


The Duke Blue Devils return home to begin a two-game homestand against Louisville on Wednesday night.

The Clemson Tigers hit the road and travel to Blacksburg on Wednesday night to take on Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum.

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