Okafor & PGs lead Duke past MSU, 81-71

Quinn Cook, Tyus Jones, and Jahlil Okafor combined for 51 points against the Spartans.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Quinn Cook scored 19 points and Jahlil Okafor had 17 to lead No. 4 Duke past No. 19 Michigan State 81-71 in Tuesday's State Farm Champions Classic.

The Blue Devils (3-0) have won each game this season by double digits.

Michigan State was led by Brendan Dawson with 18 points and Travis Trice with 15. But the Spartans (1-1) couldn't get enough stops and struggled to contain Okafor, the nation's top freshman who didn't disappoint in one of the premier early-season showcases.

Okafor finished 8 of 10 from the field and had five rebounds.

After the Spartans closed to 51-48 with 12:19 to go and Okafor picked up his fourth foul three minutes later, it was Okafor's teammates who picked up their games.

Tyus Jones scored all of the points in a 6-0 run to push the lead to 64-51 and the Spartans never got close again.

The Blue Devils never trailed against the perennially strong Spartans and have been behind just 18 seconds all season.

And they looked right at home inside Indiana's NBA arena.

Duke made its first seven shots with Okafor and Amile Jefferson combining to score Duke's first 10 points. Duke eventually pushed the lead to 27-17 with 8:51 left in the first half.

But just when it looked like the Blue Devils might pull away, the Spartans rallied. They cut the lead to 32-29 and even had a chance to tie the score with a 3-pointer. But the Blue Devils reasserted themselves and took a 40-33 halftime lead that they never relinquished in the second half.

TIP-INS

Duke: The Blue Devils have won four straight in this series, including twice in the Champions Classic. The first win over Michigan State in the event gave coach Mike Krzyzewski the career record for wins. He now has 985.

Michigan State: Izzo often calls Indianapolis one of his favorite cities because he's had so much success in the city. He won the national championship in 2000 at the RCA Dome. He's won multiple Big Ten tournament titles here and in 2009 he punched his ticket to the Final Four in Detroit with a regional final win over Louisville at Lucas Oil Stadium. But he's also sustained some bitter memories here, too, like the 2010 national semifinal loss to nearby Butler and Tuesday night's loss to Duke.

UP NEXT

Duke faces Temple in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Brooklyn, New York on Friday.

Michigan State hosts Loyola (Ill.) in its home opener Friday.

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