Men’s basketball roundup: Allen’s 21 lifts No. 6 Duke
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Grayson Allen scored all 21 of his points in the first half, and No. 6 Duke beat Appalachian State, 93-58, on Saturday.
Luke Kennard added 18 points and Amile Jefferson and Frank Jackson each finished with 15 for the Blue Devils (6-1).
They will bring a four-game winning streak into their visit from No. 24 Michigan State on Tuesday night.
Kelvin Robinson scored 12 points for the Mountaineers (2-3), who average 89 points but for the first time were held to fewer than 70.
Allen, who has been playing through a right foot injury suffered in last week’s loss to No. 5 Kansas, appeared to tweak that foot or ankle when he went down while going for a rebound with about 12 minutes to play and Duke leading by 35. He stayed on the bench for the rest of the game.
NO. 7 VIRGINIA 63,
NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — London Perrantes and Darius Thompson scored 11 points each and Virginia beat Providence to win the Emerald Coast Classic.
Virginia (6-0) entered the game leading the nation in scoring defense, giving up only 39.2 points per game.
No. 9 XAVIER 64,
NORTHERN IOWA 42
CINCINNATI (AP) — J.P. Macura scored 18 points, and Xavier’s defense dug in during a dominant first half.
Xavier (6-0) completely controlled a rematch of teams playing for the second time in six days. The Musketeers beat Northern Iowa 67-59 for championship of Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando last Sunday.
The Musketeers looked very comfortable in their second go-round against the Panthers (3-2).
NO. 12 CREIGHTON 82, LOYOLA, MD. 52
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Justin Patton made all eight of his shots and scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, and Creighton shot 74 percent after halftime.
The Bluejays (6-0) couldnát shake the Greyhounds (2-4) in the first half, shooting 36.7 percent while getting out to a 30-25 lead. They opened the second half making 17 of 22 shots during a 36-15 run to create a 66-40 bulge.
No. 17 PURDUE 79, NJIT 68
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Caleb Swanigan had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and freshman guard Carsen Edwards added 19 points for Purdue.
Swanigan was a perfect 6 of 6 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free throw line, and Edwards scored 15 second-half points to help Purdue (5-1) pull away from a 37-34 halftime lead.
SOUTH CAROLINA 64,
No. 18 SYRACUSE 50
NEW YORK (AP) — Sindarius Thornwell scored 16 points and South Carolina never trailed in its victory in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at Barclays Center.
Thornwell shot 3 of 6 from the field and made 9 of 10 free throws. He also had six rebounds, five assists, three steals and was named the MVP of the Invitational.
NO. 25 MICHIGAN 64, MOUNT ST. MARY’S 47
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Zak Irvin scored 14 points, Derrick Walton added 12 and Michigan pulled away late in the first half against Mount St. Mary’s.