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No. 1 Duke beats South Dakota 96-80 to improve to 10-0
The Associated Press - December 3, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke dominated the first half to build a big lead, only to see South Dakota answer with a 50-point second half in the top-ranked Blue Devils' famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium.

And for the most part, Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski was good with that.

Grayson Allen scored 15 of his 25 points in an 8-minute opening blitz to help Duke beat South Dakota 96-80 on Saturday in its first home game in nearly two travel-filled weeks.

"What I saw was a team that put the (previous) nine games behind them and showed up ready to play," Krzyzewski said. "And I didn't help my team as much as I could in the second half because I subbed differently.

"But that was OK, because we needed to get time for a bunch of kids. I saw us beating a good team today, overall."

Duke (10-0) got its usual strong performances from top-liners Allen and freshman Marvin Bagley III, who had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Duke got a boost from sophomore Javin DeLaurier off the bench as Krzyzewski took a long look at his reserves in the second half.

Duke shot 62 percent to lead 56-30 by halftime, then maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way — though South Dakota (7-3) shot 50 percent after halftime and made 7 of 13 3-point attempts to outscore the Blue Devils 50-40 after the break.

"I feel like everyone had good intensity," Allen said. "It just kind of dropped off a little bit in the second half when they got 50 points. It's something we have to continue through the whole game."

Tyler Hagedorn and Nick Fuller each scored 16 points for the Coyotes, though top scorer Matt Mooney (18.3 points) struggled to just three points on 1-for-5 shooting with four turnovers.

"They did a great job of making him work for everything," South Dakota coach Craig Smith said, adding: "He's seen that before but certainly not against this level of competition."



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