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Allen's 3s lead No. 2 seed Duke to 87-65 win over Troy

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Grayson Allen has embraced his role as Duke's sixth man over the past three weeks.

''It just to give the team that extra boost,'' he said.

''And score points,'' Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski interjected.

Allen did both to keep second-seeded Duke's postseason perfect in an 87-65 victory over Troy in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night to start the East Region.

Allen had 21 points off five of Duke's 13 3-pointers and Jayson Tatum added 18 points and 12 rebounds.

''I'm coming in with fresh legs off the bench,'' Allen said. ''I'm coming in to explode really.''

Shrugging off the chorus of bad-boy boos each time he touched the ball, Allen helped the Blue Devils (29-7) improve to 34-7 all-time in opening NCAA games. They will face No. 7 seed South Carolina on Sunday.

Jordon Varnado had 18 points to lead Troy, which made its first NCAA appearance since 2003. Varnado said the players came out sluggish and could not fight their way out of it. ''We've got to use this motivation and fire we had before the game to come back hard'' next year, the sophomore said.

Duke, which averaged eight 3-pointers a game this season, hit 10 in the opening half to quickly pull away from the Trojans. Tatum opened the game with a 3. A short time later, Frank Jackson, Luke Kennard and Matt Jones had long-range baskets on consecutive possessions as the Blue Devils jumped to a 16-4 lead less than 5 minutes in.

The lead shrunk to nine points in the second half, the final time at 59-50 on Wesley Person Jr.'s basket with 14:32 to go. But Jones and Allen followed with 3s and the Trojans (22-15) could not rally.

Duke finished with 13 3-pointers, its highest total in nine games since hitting the same amount in a win over Wake Forest on Feb. 18.

Jones finished with 14 points off three 3-pointers and Jackson 12 with two 3s. The Blue Devils' outside touch offset the poor performance of leading scorer Kennard, who was just 3-of-12 shooting for eight points - snapping a streak of 19 games scoring in double figures.

THE BIG PICTURE

Troy: If the Trojans were to challenge, they had to be on target from the outside. Instead, Troy went 5 of 23 from behind the arc.

Duke: If you are looking for a soft spot in this one for the Blue Devils, it was at the foul line where they went 16 of 23 (under 70 percent) and missed back-to-back 1-and-1 attempts in the second half.

JEFFERSON MILESTONE: Amile Jefferson played in his 149th game at Duke, the most in program history. Jefferson, a senior, shrugged it off: ''It means I've been around a long time,'' he said.

TOTAL TATUM: Krzyzewski praised Tatum, his 6-foot-8 freshman, for his defensive effort. Tatum had nine defensive rebounds along with four blocks and four steals against the Trojans.

FLOOR FIX: Krzyzewski knew exactly who to blame for the court at Bon Secours Wellness Arena needing a quick repair right before the Blue Devils took the court - the media. ''One of you probably dropped a camera or something,'' he joked.

UP NEXT

Second-seeded Duke will face No. 7 seed South Carolina on Sunday.

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Key Players
J. Varnado
L. Kennard
35.9 Min. Per Game 35.9
20.1 Pts. Per Game 20.1
2.5 Ast. Per Game 2.5
5.3 Reb. Per Game 5.3
52.7 Field Goal % 49.3
36.4 Three Point % 44.2
70.2 Free Throw % 84.9
+ 1 Whit Moreman made 2nd of 2 free throws 21.0
  Whit Moreman missed 1st of 2 free throws 21.0
  Personal foul on Frank Jackson 21.0
+ 2 Javin DeLaurier made layup 35.0
  Lost ball turnover on B.J. Miller, stolen by Duke 39.0
+ 2 Frank Jackson made driving layup 51.0
+ 1 Jaro Moravek made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:15
  Jaro Moravek missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:15
  Shooting foul on Jack White 1:15
  Turnover on Harry Giles 1:33
  Offensive foul on Harry Giles 1:33
Points 65 87
Field Goals 24-59 (40.7%) 29-62 (46.8%)
3-Pointers 5-23 (21.7%) 13-28 (46.4%)
Free Throws 12-14 (85.7%) 16-23 (69.6%)
Total Rebounds 37 36
Offensive 11 13
Defensive 21 20
Team 5 3
Assists 10 15
Steals 1 13
Blocks 2 8
Turnovers 17 8
Fouls 19 17
Technicals 1 0
23
J. Varnado F
18 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
3
G. Allen G
21 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
12T
15 Troy 22-15 382765
2 Duke 28-8523587
Team Stats
Troy 22-15 78.1 PPG 40.1 RPG 13.1 APG
7 Duke 28-8 80.8 PPG 38.6 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
23
J. Varnado F 16.5 PPG 7.1 RPG 1.4 APG 52.7 FG%
3
G. Allen G 14.5 PPG 3.7 RPG 3.5 APG 39.5 FG%
Top Scorers
23
J. Varnado F 18 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
3
G. Allen G 21 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
40.7 FG% 46.8
21.7 3PT FG% 46.4
85.7 FT% 69.6
Troy
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Varnado 36 18 10 4 0 1 7 0 7/12 1/5 3/3 4 6
W. Person 39 15 3 1 0 0 6 1 5/10 2/5 3/3 0 3
D. Walker 27 6 7 0 0 0 1 3 2/6 0/0 2/2 2 5
K. Baker 28 5 1 0 1 0 0 1 2/9 1/7 0/0 0 1
J. Davis Jr. 11 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Varnado 36 18 10 4 0 1 7 0 7/12 1/5 3/3 4 6
W. Person 39 15 3 1 0 0 6 1 5/10 2/5 3/3 0 3
D. Walker 27 6 7 0 0 0 1 3 2/6 0/0 2/2 2 5
K. Baker 28 5 1 0 1 0 0 1 2/9 1/7 0/0 0 1
J. Davis Jr. 11 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Hicks 20 14 6 0 0 1 1 3 6/9 0/0 2/2 3 3
J. Hollimon 23 5 3 2 0 0 0 3 2/9 1/4 0/0 1 2
J. Moravek 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 0
W. Moreman 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 0
A. Ariri 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
S. Hopkins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
B. Miller 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
D. Peace 8 0 1 3 0 0 0 5 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 0
D. Adams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Boykin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Duke
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Tatum 35 18 12 1 4 4 1 4 5/13 1/3 7/10 3 9
M. Jones 32 14 2 3 3 0 1 1 5/7 3/5 1/1 0 2
F. Jackson 33 14 1 3 2 0 1 2 5/10 2/6 2/4 0 1
A. Jefferson 29 8 6 1 2 3 2 3 3/7 0/0 2/2 3 3
L. Kennard 29 8 3 2 0 0 1 2 3/12 2/5 0/0 3 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Tatum 35 18 12 1 4 4 1 4 5/13 1/3 7/10 3 9
M. Jones 32 14 2 3 3 0 1 1 5/7 3/5 1/1 0 2
F. Jackson 33 14 1 3 2 0 1 2 5/10 2/6 2/4 0 1
A. Jefferson 29 8 6 1 2 3 2 3 3/7 0/0 2/2 3 3
L. Kennard 29 8 3 2 0 0 1 2 3/12 2/5 0/0 3 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
G. Allen 28 21 5 4 1 0 0 0 6/10 5/9 4/6 1 4
A. Vrankovic 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 1
J. DeLaurier 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
H. Giles 6 0 1 1 0 1 2 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0
J. White 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
N. Pagliuca - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Obi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Besser - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Jeter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bolden - - - - - - - - - - - - -