Penn State vs Duke

Top-ranked Duke beats Penn State in Tip-Off tournament

By PAT EATON-ROBB
AP Sports Writer
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UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Top-ranked Duke bounced back from its loss to Kansas by beating Penn State, but watched another player go down with an injury.

Freshman Frank Jackson led five players in double figures with 17 points and Amile Jefferson added 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils to a 78-68 win Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.

Sophomore Chase Jeter rolled his left ankle in the first half and didn't return.

Tony Carr had 20 points and Shep Garner added 15 to lead Penn State (2-2).

Jeter went down under the Penn State basket while going for a rebound. The 6-foot-10 sophomore was on the floor for several minutes before being helped off the court. His injury came minutes after Grayson Allen left the game, favoring the right foot he hurt in Tuesday's loss to Kansas.

Allen went back to the locker room, but returned to the floor a few minutes later. He finished with 12 points and needs just three more to become the 65th Duke player with 1,000 points for his career.

Matt Jones and Luke Kennard added 15 points each for Duke, which will play No. 21 Rhode Island for the tournament championship on Sunday.

''We're banged up more than any team I've ever coached,'' said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. ''Before the game and then during the game. I mean, Amile has been hurt this week. He has 15 rebounds and 16 points.''

Despite the injuries, the Blue Devils went on an early 13-2 run that turned a tie game into a 21-10 lead. They led 36-24 at the half, despite some poor shooting from Allen and Kennard, who were a combined 4-15 from the floor. But Jackson picked up the slack, scoring 11 of his points before intermission.

''To be able to have the next man up, coach does a good job motivating us,'' Jones said. ''We didn't come to Duke to lose, be second fiddle or bow down to anybody. We know what we're capable of and everyone on that sideline can help. That confidence that is instilled in us, takes us to where we need to go.''

A 3-point play by Allen stretched the lead to 64-51 midway through the second half.

Penn State trailed 72-57 with just under 5 minutes to play, but went on a 9-2 run before the Blue Devils closed out the game.

Duke's short bench outscored Penn State's 19-5.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: Jeter's injury further depletes a Blue Devils' team that is still without three highly touted freshmen - Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden - as well as junior Sean Obi. They may have just seven players available for Sunday's championship game. Krzyzewski pegged Jeter's status for the game as ''doubtful.''

''I know if he can play, he will play,'' Krzyzewski said. ''We're going to try and win. We would like to win.''

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are using the tournament as a measuring stick to see how the young team stacks up against top-level competition. This was the program's first game against a No. 1 ranked team since 2011, and they're now 0-14 in those games.

''We took another step today,'' said coach Patrick Chambers. ''We got better. And that's our goal Just keep getting better. It's a process that's going to take some time, but we're going to eventually get there.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Duke was No. 1 in the preseason poll and the first voting of the regular season, but likely will fall a few spots after its loss to Kansas. How far may depend on how they do in this tournament.

PERIMETER DEFENSE

Duke held Penn State to six 3-point baskets on 21 attempts. That's not a fluke. The Blue Devils held their first three opponents under 15 percent from the outside and were giving up fewer than three 3-pointers a game coming into the tournament. Duke was 9 for 24 from 3-point range.

UP NEXT

Duke will play No. 21 Rhode Island in the tournament's championship game Sunday afternoon. The Rams beat No. 24 Cincinnati 76-71 in the second game of the evening.

Penn State will play Cincinnati tournament's consolation game.

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Scoreboard
Penn State (2-2)244468
Duke #1 (3-1) «364278
PSU:T. Carr 20 Pts
PSU:J. Moore 7 Reb
PSU:S. Garner 3 Ast
DUKE:F. Jackson 17 Pts
DUKE:A. Jefferson 16 Reb
DUKE:G. Allen 4 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Penn StateDuke
PSU
Tony Carr
DUKE
Amile Jefferson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
206316160
Penn State Nittany Lions
T. Carr, G368-192-263220
S. Garner, G357-160-023315
P. Banks, F324-102-322113
L. Stevens, F315-101-261511
M. Watkins, F102-40-03034
J. Moore, F241-20-37112
N. Bostick, G200-00-00000
D. Zemgulis, F80-00-01050
T. Samuel, G41-61-16233
I. Washington, G00-00-00000
S. Pierce, F00-00-00000
J. Reaves, G00-00-00000
A. Zhao, F00-00-00000
J. Hampton, F00-00-00000
G. Hazle, F00-00-00000
Totals 28-676-1133122368
 41.8%54.5% 
Duke Blue Devils
L. Kennard, G405-162-243115
A. Jefferson, F376-104-10160416
M. Jones, G376-80-020415
G. Allen, G354-103-384012
C. Jeter, F/C60-01-20101
F. Jackson, G356-143-433217
A. Vrankovic, C70-02-23032
J. DeLaurier, F30-00-00020
N. Pagliuca, G00-00-00000
S. Obi, F00-00-00000
B. Besser, G00-00-00000
J. Robinson, F00-00-00000
M. Bolden, C00-00-00000
H. Giles, F00-00-00000
J. Tatum, F00-00-00000
J. White, F00-00-00000
Totals 27-5815-2336111678
 46.6%65.2% 
Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Purdue14-427-819
Wisconsin12-627-1036
Maryland12-624-934
Minnesota11-724-1020
Michigan10-826-1225
Northwestern10-824-1251
Michigan St.10-820-1550
Iowa10-819-1581
Illinois8-1020-1564
Indiana7-1018-1679
Ohio St.7-1117-1590
Penn St.6-1215-18101
Nebraska6-1212-19108
Rutgers3-1515-18172

ACC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N. Carolina14-433-75
Florida St.12-626-914
Louisville12-625-97
Notre Dame12-626-1023
Duke11-728-96
Virginia11-723-1118
Va. Tech10-822-1148
Miami (Fla.)10-821-1242
Syracuse10-819-1584
Wake Forest9-919-1439
Georgia Tech8-1021-16106
Clemson6-1217-1668
Pittsburgh4-1416-1774
NC State4-1415-17141
Boston College2-169-23219
 
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IND 87