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No. 10 Duke dominates No. 11 Michigan State, 87-75

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Vernon Carey Jr. showed Michigan State exactly what it’s missing.

Carey had 26 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to help No. 10 Duke dominate the 11th-ranked Spartans in an 87-75 victory Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-10, 270-pound freshman was recruited hard by Michigan State and seemed very interested in attending the school, but ended up signing with the Blue Devils and came back to haunt coach Tom Izzo.

“He’s a load in there,” Izzo said.

Duke (8-1) looked like one of the top teams in the country and not a rebuilding one a week after losing at home to Stephen F. Austin.

“If we played like this last week, we would’ve won two games instead of one,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “But we didn’t because we’re learning.”

Blue Devils guard Tre Jones scored 20 points, matched a career high with 12 assists and made three steals as part of a defensive effort that forced several turnovers early in the game and a total of 14.

“The way we fought and the way we defended is something that we’ve done almost all season except last week,” Jones said. “So we’ve got to keep that up.”

The Spartans (5-3) went into the game “a little fragile,” according to Izzo, and they looked out of sync and overmatched.

“Outcoached, outplayed, outworked,” Izzo said.

Duke went on an 8-1 run midway through the first half to build a double-digit cushion and led 45-29 at halftime.

“We got it taken to us early and we didn’t respond,” Izzo said, noting he was embarrassed by the performance.

Cassius Winston made a 3-pointer to pull the Spartans within eight early in the second half.

Carey answered the surge with a three-point play and a layup to restore a double-digit advantage the Blue Devils had no trouble maintaining.

Winston had 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

“They did a good job of trapping me and getting the ball out of my hands and forcing other guys to make plays,” he said.

Xavier Tillman, perhaps wearing No. 23 for the last time because Draymond Green’s jersey was retired by Michigan State at halftime, scored 20 points and Marcus Bingham added 13.

Aaron Henry was held to two points after entering the game averaging 12-plus for the Spartans.

STEPPING UP

Duke played without high-flying guard Cassius Stanley, who is out indefinitely with a muscular injury in his left leg. The team had more than enough to make up for the nearly 13 points he averages a game.

Matthew Hurt scored 10 points for the Blue Devils, who got 11 from Joey Baker and 10 from fellow reserve Javin DeLaurier.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: Carey and Jones looked like the sort of stars the Blue Devils can build around to become one of the best teams in the country.

“We’ve got to be more consistent with this play now,” Jones said. “We can’t have any lapse like we did last week.

“We know the type of team we can be, and getting a road win like this is big for us.”

Michigan State: Izzo has a lot of work to do in trying to rally a team that has been reeling since Winston’s brother died last month.

“It’s my job to get them ready and I’m going to do a better job of getting them ready,” Izzo said. “I won’t panic like most fans because I’ve been here before.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Blue Devils will likely get a boost in next week’s poll, while the Spartans will continue to fall from their No. 1 ranking in the preseason.

IN THE RAFTERS

Green’s jersey was retired during a halftime ceremony that included a slew of former Spartans, including Steve Smith, whose No. 21 has also been retired.

The Golden State Warriors star said he isn’t sure if he’ll let Tillman continue to wear his number, adding he isn’t sure he has that much power.

UP NEXT

Duke: Plays at Virginia Tech on Friday night.

Michigan State: Hosts Rutgers on Sunday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Offensive rebound by Conner George 26.0
+ 2 Conner George made tip-in 26.0
  Offensive rebound by Xavier Tillman 30.0
  Rocket Watts missed 3-pt. jump shot 32.0
  Defensive rebound by Xavier Tillman 32.0
  Jordan Goldwire missed 2nd of 2 free throws 32.0
+ 1 Jordan Goldwire made 1st of 2 free throws 32.0
  Personal foul on Cassius Winston 32.0
+ 2 Aaron Henry made dunk, assist by Xavier Tillman 45.0
  Defensive rebound by Xavier Tillman 1:00
  Jordan Goldwire missed jump shot 1:02
Team Stats
Points 87 75
Field Goals 32-57 (56.1%) 28-62 (45.2%)
3-Pointers 7-15 (46.7%) 4-16 (25.0%)
Free Throws 16-22 (72.7%) 15-23 (65.2%)
Total Rebounds 34 32
Offensive 6 10
Defensive 27 21
Team 1 1
Assists 22 21
Steals 10 7
Blocks 11 6
Turnovers 14 14
Fouls 22 16
Technicals 0 1
26 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo 10 Duke 8-1 454287
home team logo 11 Michigan State 5-3 294675
Team Stats
away team logo 10 Duke 8-1 83.4 PPG 44.2 RPG 16.0 APG
home team logo 11 Michigan State 5-3 79.8 PPG 43.4 RPG 18.6 APG
Key Players
1
V. Carey Jr. C 18.5 PPG 9.2 RPG 0.6 APG 59.8 FG%
23
X. Tillman F 13.3 PPG 9.8 RPG 2.4 APG 52.8 FG%
Top Scorers
V. Carey Jr. C 26 PTS 11 REB 1 AST
X. Tillman F 20 PTS 8 REB 3 AST
56.1 FG% 45.2
46.7 3PT FG% 25.0
72.7 FT% 65.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Carey Jr. 26 11 1 8/16 1/2 9/12 3 25 0 3 1 2 9
T. Jones 20 2 12 6/13 2/5 6/8 2 40 3 1 6 0 2
M. Hurt 10 2 2 4/8 2/3 0/0 4 27 0 3 2 0 2
J. White 7 6 1 3/4 1/2 0/0 3 31 3 2 3 1 5
W. Moore Jr. 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 10 1 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Carey Jr. 26 11 1 8/16 1/2 9/12 3 25 0 3 1 2 9
T. Jones 20 2 12 6/13 2/5 6/8 2 40 3 1 6 0 2
M. Hurt 10 2 2 4/8 2/3 0/0 4 27 0 3 2 0 2
J. White 7 6 1 3/4 1/2 0/0 3 31 3 2 3 1 5
W. Moore Jr. 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 10 1 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Baker 11 1 1 5/6 1/1 0/0 3 17 0 0 0 0 1
J. DeLaurier 10 6 1 5/5 0/0 0/0 1 19 2 1 0 3 3
J. Goldwire 3 3 3 1/3 0/1 1/2 2 24 1 1 0 0 3
A. O'Connell 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 7 0 0 2 0 1
J. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Buckmire - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Savarino - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Stanley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Worthington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 87 33 22 32/57 7/15 16/22 22 200 10 11 14 6 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Tillman 20 8 3 9/14 0/1 2/2 3 29 2 2 3 5 3
M. Bingham Jr. 13 2 1 4/6 2/3 3/3 3 12 0 3 0 0 2
C. Winston 12 3 7 4/14 1/3 3/3 1 38 1 0 2 0 3
R. Watts 4 2 3 1/7 0/2 2/4 3 25 1 0 3 0 2
A. Henry 2 2 2 1/2 0/1 0/1 1 22 0 0 2 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Tillman 20 8 3 9/14 0/1 2/2 3 29 2 2 3 5 3
M. Bingham Jr. 13 2 1 4/6 2/3 3/3 3 12 0 3 0 0 2
C. Winston 12 3 7 4/14 1/3 3/3 1 38 1 0 2 0 3
R. Watts 4 2 3 1/7 0/2 2/4 3 25 1 0 3 0 2
A. Henry 2 2 2 1/2 0/1 0/1 1 22 0 0 2 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Hall 9 8 3 3/8 0/2 3/5 0 25 1 0 1 3 5
G. Brown 8 5 2 3/7 1/4 1/1 0 21 1 0 1 2 3
C. George 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Kithier 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/2 3 9 0 1 0 0 0
J. Marble 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
F. Loyer 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
K. Ahrens 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 11 1 0 2 0 1
B. Burke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Langford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoiberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hauser - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Izzo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 31 21 28/62 4/16 15/23 16 200 7 6 14 10 21