College basketball roundup: Sluggish Duke pulls out win
Duke finally had all the players that made the Blue Devils the top-ranked team in the preseason — except that, for most of the night, they didn’t play like it.
Luke Kennard scored 24 points and No. 5 Duke beat visiting Tennessee State, 65-55, on Monday in the college debut of touted freshman Harry Giles.
Freshman Jayson Tatum added 14 points and Grayson Allen finished with 12 for the Blue Devils (11-1), who plodded through 30 mostly sluggish minutes before pulling away from a pesky Tigers team that threatened to spoil a big night for Giles.
Tennessee State led, 36-34, with 15 minutes left. But Duke countered with a 25-3 run highlighted by five three-pointers to take the lead for good.
at No. 15 Purdue 82, Western Illinois 50: The Boilermakers’ Caleb Swanigan had his ninth double-double, scoring 21 points and grabbing 21 rebounds in a rout over the Leathernecks.
Isaac Hass added 18 points and Vince Edwards had 16 as Purdue (10-2) won its fifth straight game.
Mike Miklusak, an Indiana native who attended high school 85 miles from the Purdue campus, led Western Illinois (3-8) with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
at No. 16 Indiana 103, Delaware State 56: OG Anunoby had 19 points and nine rebounds, and three of his teammates also reached double figures for the Hoosiers.
By avoiding a second straight loss, the Hoosiers (9-2) extended their home winning streak to 25 games — tied for the fifth-longest in school history.
DeVaughn Mallory led Delaware State (3-10) with 14 points.
at No. 21 Florida State 76, Samford 68: Terance Mann scored a career-high 19 points as the Seminoles won their eighth straight game.
Mann, whose previous career high was 18 last season, is on a roll. The sophomore guard is averaging 14.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in his last three games for Florida State (12-1).
Samford (7-4) led for most of the final five minutes of the first half before Florida State scored the final five points to take 31-27 lead. A 12-2 run in the second half gave the Seminoles a 17-point lead with 6:12 left.
at No. 25 Notre Dame 77, Colgate 62: V.J. Beachem scored 20 points to help the Fighting Irish end a skid at two games.
Bonzie Colson finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, and Matt Farrell had 13 points and six assists for Notre Dame (10-2).
Will Ryman had 18 points for Colgate (2-10), which lost its sixth in a row.
In consecutive losses to No. 1 Villanova and No. 15 Purdue, Notre Dame led by double digits in the first half of each game, but was outscored by an average of 16 points in the second half.
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