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Another big Grayson Allen outing leads No. 5 Duke past Georgetown

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Behind a big effort from sophomore guard Grayson Allen, No. 5 Duke rallied for an 86-84 win over Georgetown on Sunday afternoon in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Continuing a great weekend following a poor outing against Kentucky, Allen finished with 32 points, five rebounds and four assists as he also went 5-for-6 from 3-point range. On the weekend in the 2K Classic, Allen went for 62 total points as he scored at least 30 points in both Duke wins.

The Blue Devils found themselves in foul trouble in the first half and trailed 47-42 at the break before the defense turned it around in the second half. With senior center Marshall Plumlee picking up three first-half fouls, the Duke defense was once again susceptible to giving up open looks as they had poor rotations and didn’t cover a lot of ground.

Things improved in the second half, with or without Plumlee on the floor, as the Blue Devils closed on shots more aggressively as Georgetown went cold. For the second consecutive game, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski changed things up in the starting lineup as freshman Brandon Ingram found himself coming off the bench in  favor of freshman point guard Derryck Thornton.

Georgetown (1-3) used a big first half from Isaac Copeland (21 points) as they were the aggressor early in the game. But the Hoyas went cold in the second half and settled for a lot of looks that didn’t fall in the final 20 minutes. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Kaleb Johnson both chipped in 14 points for Georgetown while L.J. Peak scored 13 points. Copeland got hot again in the game’s final minutes, burying two 3-pointers to keep the Hoyas within striking distance, but he missed a contested 30-footer as the clock expired to end the game.

Coming off of the poor outing against Kentucky, it was very encouraging to see Allen have two monster outings against solid competition. If Allen is consistent scoring the ball, it allows Plumlee and senior forward Amile Jefferson to focus on the little things like crashing the glass and getting putbacks while Thornton also adjusts to running the Duke offense as a starter.  A big part of that is Allen hitting outside shots. If he’s hitting 3-pointers, it forces defenders to play  him to the line and Allen can attack the rim and finish or draw fouls. But if Allen’s jumper isn’t falling, he could have some problems attacking the basket since he has some problems going to his left.

Thornton continues to look more confident each time he takes the floor as he finished with 14 points and he wasn’t afraid to take free throws to close out the win. Even though Thornton missed two free throws that gave Georgetown a shot at the win, the last three times Georgetown was forced to foul, the ball found Thornton and he refused to pass up the chance to take the shots.

Matt Jones finished with 11 points for Duke while Jefferson had eight points and eight rebounds.


Illness to sideline Georgetown’s Campbell next two games

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Already possessing limited numbers in their guard rotation, Georgetown will head north to New York City for the 2K Classic without one of their contributors.

Sophomore guard Tre Campbell will miss the Hoyas’ two games at Madison Square Garden due to illness, with head coach John Thompson III announcing Campbell won’t be making the trip Thursday afternoon. Georgetown, which fell to 0-2 on the season Tuesday night with a close loss at No. 3 Maryland, has played its first two games of the season without forward Paul White due to a hip injury.

Campbell’s absence means that Georgetown will have two scholarship guards available when they take on Wisconsin Friday and then either Duke or VCU on Sunday, with those players being senior D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and sophomore L.J. Peak. With Campbell (21.5 mpg) available those two still saw a lot of playing time against Radford and Maryland, with Peak averaging 34.5 minutes per game and Smith-Rivera at 34.0 mpg (and that’s factoring in his foul trouble Tuesday night).

Trimble, transfers push No. 3 Maryland past Georgetown

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While neutral site games have become more popular in college basketball in recent years, there’s nothing better than a highly competitive game in a raucous environment. Tuesday’s matchup between Georgetown and No. 3 Maryland, the Hoyas’ first trip to College Park in four decades and the teams’ first regular season meeting since 1993, more than lived up to the hype. But the game, at least from the perspective of the visitors, will be about the opportunities to put the game that they failed to take advantage of.

As a result Melo Trimble and company made the plays they needed to make, winning by the final score of 75-71.

At two different moments in the second half Georgetown held a seven-point lead, the latest of which coming after an Isaac Copeland basket with 5:48 remaining pushed their lead out to 61-54. But on their next two possessions the Hoyas turned the ball over and Maryland capitalized, going on a 7-0 run with Trimble responsible for five of those points.

From there the game went back and forth until Rasheed Sulaimon, who arrived at Maryland amidst lofty expectations and a desire for redemption, made the decisive shot.

Sulaimon’s three-pointer with 1:18 gave Maryland the lead for good, and his role is one that will be incredibly important for a team with national title aspirations. Sulaimon was both a scorer (supplementary role) and a distributor Tuesday night, finishing with ten points and a team-high seven assists, and how he navigates these responsibilities will be key for Maryland moving forward. If Sulaimon can successfully do so, with the passing aspect freeing up Trimble to do more scoring himself, that would make Maryland an even stronger national title contender.

Add in forward Robert Carter, who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, and Maryland’s two transfers stepped forward in a big game as many envisioned them doing before the season began.

Maryland didn’t have its best shooting night, making just eight of twenty-one from three, and giving up 17 second-chance points is another area that will need to be addressed. But led by Trimble, who was one of the nation’s best at getting to the foul line as a freshman, Maryland outscored Georgetown by 14 points (23-9) from the foul line. That point differential kept Maryland afloat, and ultimately they found a way to take advantage.

Georgetown can certainly point to missed opportunities, and they’ll take some valuable lessons from Tuesday’s game moving forward. But so will Mark Turgeon’s team, which deserves credit for hanging around to be in position to take advantage.