Jones, Allen lead No. 5 Duke past Bryant, 113-75
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Grayson Allen had a career-high 28 points, Matt Jones scored all of his career-best 19 in the first half, and No. 5 Duke routed Bryant 113-75 on Saturday night in the 2K Classic.
Freshman Brandon Ingram had 21 points to help the Blue Devils (2-0) earn their second lopsided win in as many nights.
Amile Jefferson had 11 points and 11 rebounds in his second straight double-double, and freshman Luke Kennard added 11 points for the reigning national champions.
They never trailed, shot 53 percent, hit 13 3-pointers, forced 19 turnovers and turned them into 24 points.
Things almost certainly won't be this easy next time for Duke: the Blue Devils play No. 2 Kentucky on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic in Chicago.
Hunter Ware scored a career-high 24 points to lead Bryant (0-1).
Jones finished 7 of 9 from the field, hit five of Duke's eight 3-pointers in the first half, had his career high by the break and only played 3 minutes in the second half after dealing with a groin injury in the preseason. His previous high of 17 points was set against Wake Forest last March in the home finale.
A role player on the team that captured the program's fifth national title last spring, Jones has become a key scoring threat on a new-look Duke team that lost three freshmen to the first round of the NBA draft and needs its perimeter to provide the scoring punch.
The Blue Devils picked up easy wins against Siena and Bryant on consecutive nights to start the season, trailing for a total of 10 seconds so far.
It's about to get much tougher: After facing Kentucky, Duke will play Virginia Commonwealth and either No. 17 Wisconsin or Georgetown next weekend in Madison Square Garden.
This one certainly didn't require much effort.
Three players - Jones, Allen and Ingram - cracked double figures by halftime. The Blue Devils scored on 14 of 15 possessions midway through the half to push the lead into double figures to stay, then took a 20-point lead on Allen's free throw with 2:09 left in the half.
Bryant: The Bulldogs are 1-9 against Atlantic Coast Conference schools with their only win coming against Boston College in 2012-13. They did play Pittsburgh tough in a 72-67 loss on Feb. 2.
Duke: Allen reached 20 points for the second straight night. He had 26 against Siena, and his previous best of 27 - set against Wake Forest last year - was his only other 20-point game.
Bryant: Hosts Emerson on Wednesday.
Duke: Plays No. 2 Kentucky on Tuesday in Chicago.
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