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Duke’s Jones, Allen set career highs for points in win over Bryant

Duke guard Matt Jones goes up for one of his five first-half 3-pointers against Bryant at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham,.
Duke guard Matt Jones goes up for one of his five first-half 3-pointers against Bryant at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham,. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Matt Jones set a new career high for points – in the first half alone – as Duke easily beat Bryant 113-75. Jones had 19 after one half of play, thanks to a 5-for-6 mark from 3-point range. Jones rested for all but three minutes in the second half as he continues to work back from a preseason groin injury. Grayson Allen also added a new career high with 28 points, and Brandon Ingram added 21.

As the Blue Devils took the floor for the second time in as many days, there were no sluggish starts. In fact, it was just the opposite, as Duke shot 48.6 percent from the floor and generated 11 Bryant turnovers en route to a 59-32 halftime lead.

Turning point

There was a stretch midway through the first half where Duke scored on 15 of 17 consecutive trips down the floor. At the end of that run, it was a 37-24 lead.

Three who mattered

Matt Jones: Paced Duke in the first half while the game was still competitive

Grayson Allen: After scoring 26 points Friday night, followed up with a career-high 28 Saturday.

Brandon Ingram: Rebounded from a poor shooting night Friday for 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting (63.6 percent)

Three key numbers

4 Previous career-high for 3 pointers made in one game for Matt Jones

16 Consecutive free throws made by Allen to start the year before his first miss

.313 Ingram’s shooting percentage Friday (5-for-16), which he more than doubled Saturday

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