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  • Associated Press Indiana guard Robert Johnson knocks the ball away from Duke guard Grayson Allen during the first half Wednesday in Bloomington. Allen scored 21 in the Blue Devils' victory.

Thursday, November 30, 2017 1:00 am

Duke 91 Indiana 81

Hoosiers can't keep up

No. 1 Blue Devils close strong to take down IU, stay unbeaten

Pete DiPrimio | For The Journal Gazette

BLOOMINGTON – Indiana pushed top-ranked Duke to the brink, but no further Wednesday night.

The Hoosiers lost 91-81 as part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Duke (9-0) ended on a 17-6 run.

Unranked non-ACC teams have rarely had a chance against Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. He has a 259-18 record against them since 1996.

Duke's talent-rich roster – including four freshmen starters – lured scouts from 26 NBA teams to sold-out Assembly Hall.

They weren't disappointed.

Freshman forward Marvin Bagley, the potential No. 1 pick in next summer's NBA draft, had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow freshman Wendell Carter Jr. fouled out with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Senior Grayson Allen had 21 points.

IU freshman Al Durham, who came in with a 9-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, started at guard and played to his high basketball IQ. He finished with five points, one assist and one turnover.

Center DeRon Davis scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half. Guard Robert Johnson had a team-leading 17 points.

Blue Devil size – six players 6-foot-9 or taller – pressured IU's thin frontcourt from the opening tip. A key question – could center Davis avoid foul trouble?

The quick answer – not at first.

Davis picked up a foul 59 seconds into the game. Four minutes later, he got his second and spent the rest of the half as a spectator.

The Hoosiers (4-3) weren't fazed.

They fought to an 8-8 draw after five minutes. A Freddie McSwain dunk ratcheted up the decibel levels as the Hoosiers took a 20-19 lead.

Balanced Indiana scoring produced a 30-30 tie, and then a 34-32 lead before Duke pushed to a 42-38 halftime lead.

The Hoosiers were within range despite shooting just 3 for 15 from three-point range and 3 for 7 from the line. One big reason – they committed just two turnovers.

Duke jumped ahead by 10 in the first 90 seconds of the second half but IU countered with a 7-0 run.

A Colin Hartman three-pointer tied the game at 57-57 with 13 minutes left. He hit two free throws to put IU up by two. Three times the Hoosiers went ahead by four.

Three times Duke, which overcame double-digit second-half deficits in its previous two games, regained the lead.

Allen's three-pointer made it 81-77 as the Blue Devils pulled away.