Duke was in trouble once again on Saturday in Raleigh. NC State was knocking down wide open perimeter shots, and the Wolfpack was even making a lot of their contested looks as well.
The Blue Devils were down by seven at the half. And then it became the Grayson Allen and Brandon Ingram show.
Allen scored 28 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and handed out seven assists while Ingram added 25 points and seven rebounds as Duke rallied from a 10 point first half deficit to beat NC State 88-78.
Early on the Wolfpack couldn’t miss, hitting three pointers from all over the court - several contested - to build a double figure lead before Duke countered with a 14-0 spurt that put the Blue Devils ahead for good.
After struggling early on, Matt Jones knocked down a pair of three pointers during the run which helped propel Duke to a double-digit lead of their own. Unlike the games against Clemson, Notre Dame, and Syracuse, Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s squad was able to keep the pressure on and execute down the stretch, never allowing NC State to make a significant dent in the lead.
In addition to the scoring prowess displayed by Allen and Ingram, the key to Duke’s success in the second could be found on the backboards. After being dominated on the glass by Syracuse, the Bleu Devils out-rebounded NC State 31-28 overall. Coming into the game the Wolfpack led the league in offensive rebounding percentage.
The Blue Devils will return to action on Monday when they make the trip down to Miami to face the No. 15 Hurricanes.