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No. 20 Duke snaps three-game skid with win at N.C. State

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Duke snapped its three-game losing streak by picking up an important 88-78 ACC road win at N.C. State on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Brandon Ingram and sophomore Grayson Allen were both tremendous in the win as the Blue Devils picked up a decisive victory in a building that has been tough for them in recent years.

Ingram went for 25 points and seven rebounds, scoring effortlessly in multiple ways and finishing 10-for-16 from the floor. Allen was great attacking off the dribble and finished with 28 points, seven assists and seven rebounds on 11-for-17 shooting from the field. The duo led a Duke offense that was red hot in the second half and scored field goals nearly every trip down the floor.

N.C. State (11-9, 1-6) had solid offensive contributions from multiple players, as Cat Barber led five players in double figures with 19 points, but they just couldn’t get enough stops to get back in the game in the second half.

This is the type of confidence-boosting win that Duke needed heading into Monday night’s game at Miami. The Blue Devils showed with the win at N.C. State that even though they have lost a few games early in ACC play that they have the talent to compete with anyone if Ingram and Allen play well.

The Blue Devils (15-5, 4-3) only went six deep against the Wolfpack and got away with it thanks to minimal foul problems and some scoring around the two stars. Ingram looked like an All-ACC player against N.C. State and if Allen plays to that level, Duke’s offense will be really tough to stop on most nights.

Freshman Ingram leads No. 7 Duke past Georgia Southern 99-65

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Freshman Brandon Ingram had season highs of 26 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 7 Duke beat Georgia Southern 99-65 on Tuesday night.

Grayson Allen added 18 points, Matt Jones had 16 and Derryck Thornton finished with 15 for the Blue Devils (9-1) in their first game without high-energy forward Amile Jefferson. He averages a double-double but is out indefinitely with a right foot injury.

Playing for the first time in 10 days due to final exams, Duke wasn’t always crisp but still had little trouble pulling away for its seventh straight win. The Blue Devils shot 57.6 percent in the second half and held a 55-29 rebounding advantage.

Tookie Brown scored 20 points and Mike Hughes added 14 for Georgia Southern (3-5), which has lost two straight and five of seven.

For Duke, the priority in this one was figuring out the best way to play without Jefferson, who started the first nine games and averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds – including an ACC-best 4.8 on the offensive end.

The easy answer was to lean hard on Ingram and Marshall Plumlee, who finished with a career-best 11 rebounds.

Jefferson watched from the bench in sweats with a hard cast on his foot, and Duke replaced him in the starting lineup with Luke Kennard – a freshman making his first start – and shifted Ingram from small forward to Jefferson’s power forward spot.

The Blue Devils led for all but about 30 seconds and began to pull away during the final minute of the first half. Jones hit a free throw with 32.2 seconds left before Chase Jeter grabbed his miss and Thornton hit a 3 from the corner just before the buzzer to put Duke up 47-32 at halftime.

Plumlee opened the second half with a stickback dunk, and Ingram followed with a steal and a fast-break dunk through contact. After Ingram swished a 3 two possessions later to make it a 20-point game, Duke was well on its way to another easy win.


Georgia Southern: The Eagles were playing a ranked team for the first time since 2008, when then-No. 8 Duke beat them 97-54.

Duke: The trickle-down of Jefferson’s absence led to more significant playing time for Jeter, a 6-foot-10 freshman who occupied the last spot in the seven-man rotation. He had two points while playing a season-high 17 minutes.


Georgia Southern plays host to Winthrop on Saturday.

Duke plays Utah on Saturday in New York.

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POSTERIZED: Duke’s Brandon Ingram dunks on Georgia Southern defender

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Tuesday night No. 7 Duke played its first game without senior forward Amile Jefferson, who to this point has been their most consistent front court option and best rebounder. Into his role at the four slid freshman Brandon Ingram, a slender five-star recruit who in recent games has grown more comfortable in his role on Mike Krzyzewski’s team.

He put together his best game of the season in the 99-65 win over Georgia Southern, scoring 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. And he also did the following, going baseline and dunking on a rotating defender with two hands.

This was originally called a charge by the official on the baseline, but was changed to a block as the secondary defender’s feet were ruled (correctly) to be inside of the restricted area. Ingram and his teammates will have a much tougher test this weekend as they take on Utah at Madison Square Garden, but this was a good showing given the fact that they were playing their first game without Jefferson.

Ingram scores 23, No. 7 Duke beats Buffalo 82-59

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Freshman Brandon Ingram scored 23 points and No. 7 Duke pulled away to beat Buffalo 82-59 on Saturday night.

Grayson Allen finished with 22 points and a career-best 11 rebounds, and Amile Jefferson had 13 points for the Blue Devils (8-1).

They won their sixth straight despite some offensive struggles: Duke never trailed but shot a season-worst 40.7 percent and matched a season low with five 3-pointers.

CJ Massinburg had 17 points and Lamonte Bearden added 10 for Buffalo (4-4), which shot just 33 percent.

After some early shooting struggles, Duke scored 11 straight points midway through the second half to build its first 20-point lead.

Jarryn Skeete pulled the Bulls to 41-32 with a 3-pointer with 15 minutes left. Jefferson countered with a layup, Ingram hit a corner 3 and the Blue Devils jumped into a 1-3-1 defense that forced consecutive turnovers that led to five easy points. Jefferson then capped the burst with a free throw that made it 52-32 with 12:25 to play.

After Buffalo cut it to 12, Matt Jones answered with a 3-pointer – just Duke’s third to that point – to make it 62-47 with 7 minutes left.

The Blue Devils might have been in big trouble in this one if not for Ingram – who was 8 of 15 in his second straight 20-point performance. He had a season-best 24 points last time out, in a 20-point win over Indiana three nights earlier.

It would have been tough for the Blue Devils as a whole to play much better than they did in that one.

But for a while, it seemed like a pretty drastic regression.

Players not named Ingram combined to miss 16 straight shots over a 15-minute stretch, and Duke had just two assists on its 10 baskets in the first half.

That Duke led by 10 points at halftime was mainly due to Ingram – who had 15 points at the break – and 13-of-17 free throw shooting.


Buffalo: The Bulls, who visit No. 5 Iowa State on Monday night, are the first Mid-American Conference team to play consecutive games against Top 10 opponents since Eastern Michigan in 2012.

Duke: Seven-foot center Marshall Plumlee finished with a career-high four assists. He entered with a team-best 17 blocks and shared the team lead for the season with 10 steals.


Buffalo visits No. 5 Iowa State on Monday night.

Duke hosts Georgia Southern on Dec. 15.

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VIDEO: Duke’s Brandon Ingram shows ridiculous hops

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Duke freshman forward Brandon Ingram is entering the 2015-16 season with a lot of expectations after being considered a top-five prospect by many recruiting analysts.

The 6-foot-9 forward has a 7-foot-3 wingspan and he can also play well above the rim, so it makes for a ridiculous vertical that Duke showed on its Instagram page.


Duke lands five-star Class of 2015 wing Brandon Ingram

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One of the final major pieces of the 2015 class committed on Monday as five-star small forward Brandon Ingram pledged to Duke. The 6-foot-9 Ingram finished as the No. 4 overall prospect in Rivals‘ final Class of 2015 rankings and the North Carolina native immediately plugs a huge hole on the wing left by the NBA Draft departure of freshman wing Justise Winslow.

With his ability to hit shots from all over the floor, Ingram is one of the most lethal scorers in the 2015 class and gives Duke an immediate offensive boost after the team lost so much after winning the national championship. With a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Ingram is a long and versatile wing who can play in a number of different spots on the floor for Duke next season. Ingram can hit shots from 3-point range, has a deadly mid-range game and has also improved playing through physical contact while attacking off the bounce. Duke could opt to go big and play Ingram at the small forward, or go the more skilled route and put him at the four as yet another shooter to space the floor.

Now that Duke has added Ingram and reclassified five-star point guard Derryck Thornton Jr. in the last few weeks, they currently sit at No. 8 in the Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 for next season. Joining Ingram and Thornton in Duke’s 2015 recruiting class is five-star big man Chase Jeter, five-star shooting guard Luke Kennard and three-star big man Antonio Vrankovic.

For the second consecutive year, Duke has the No. 1 recruiting class in America, according to Rivals.

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Ingram has always been a touted wing prospect because of his skill level and ability to hit shots from all over the floor, but he exploded on the scene as a major national prospect when he went toe-to-toe with Jaylen Brown at the adidas Unrivaled Camp in Chicago during the first July evaluation period last summer. Since then, Ingram has continued to get better, culminating in a huge week at the McDonald’s All-American Game and also being selected to the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit.

A native of Kinston, North Carolina, Ingram selected the Blue Devils over other finalists Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, N.C. State and UCLA. Kinston won a state title this season as Ingram averaged 24.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.6 steals per game.