Allen, Kennard lead Duke past NC State, 88-80

Duke's Derryck Thornton guards North Carolina State's Anthony Barber (12) as State's Abdul-Malik Abu (0) blocks during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Grayson Allen scored 28 points, Luke Kennard added 26 and Duke beat North Carolina State 88-80 on Saturday.

Kennard hit six of the Blue Devils' season-best 14 3-pointers to help them win in coach Mike Krzyzewski's return following a one-game, illness-related absence for Duke (17-6, 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Abdul-Malik Abu had 16 points and a career-best 17 rebounds while Anthony ''Cat'' Barber – the league's top scorer – finished with 26 points for the Wolfpack (12-12, 2-9). Barber's layup with 3 1/2 minutes left pulled them to 79-76.

Then came the five-point possession that effectively sealed it for Duke: Brandon Ingram was fouled by Lennard Freeman while shooting a 3-pointer. Ingram made two free throws but missed the third, Kennard chased down the rebound and Allen swished a 3 – the Blue Devils' first field goal in 7 1/2 minutes – to make it 84-76.