Brooklyn, New York– The luck of the Notre Dame Irish (20-14) finally ended on Thursday evening as the Duke Blue Devils (26-6) woke up in the second half to run away with a 88-70 win. Duke was awarded the right to play in one of the semifinal games.
The Blue Devils took an early lead on some hot shooting by guard Grayson Allen. Up 16-10, Duke went on a 16-9 run to open up a 13-point lead midway through the first half.
Notre Dame showed it’s grit getting back into the game with their own 12-3 run to cut the deficit to four. Duke would take that margin into halftime at 41-37.
Looking determined, the Blue Devils would extend their lead to ten by scoring three quick buckets in the second half. After a Notre Dame time-out, Duke’s forward Marvin Bagley took over. Bagley led the Blue Devils with 33 points and 17 rebounds. The Fighting Irish had no answer or defense to solve him.
After the 10-minute mark, Duke was up 14 and never relinquished control. When it counted, Duke’s defense got stops when needed. “The way our perimeter [defense] was playing, they extended their three point shots a little bit and we weren’t giving up threes,” said coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Grayson Allen added 23 points and Trevon Duval chipped in six points and 11 assists.
Notre Dame sits on the bubble and hopes to make it in the NCAA Tournament.