Allen pours in 32 as Devils outlast Hoyas

AP Photo/Kathy Willens Former Gaffney High standout L.J. Peak, left, defends against Duke guard Grayson Allen as Allen drives toward the basket during Duke’s 86-84 win over Georgetown.

NEW YORK — Grayson Allen scored a career-high 32 points, and No. 5 Duke beat Georgetown in the 2K Classic championship on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Derryck Thornton had 14 points and Matt Jones scored 11 for the Blue Devils (4-1), who trailed by five at halftime.

Allen bounced back nicely from a shoddy performance in a loss to Kentucky on Tuesday. The sophomore came off the bench and set a career high with 30 points in Friday night’s win over VCU and then returned to the starting lineup against the Hoyas and went 9 for 12 from the field in his fourth game with at least 25 points.

Isaac Copeland scored 21 points for Georgetown (1-3), but was scoreless in the second half until hitting two late 3-pointers. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and freshman Kaleb Johnson added 14 points apiece.

L.J. Peak’s dunk with 17:10 left gave the Hoyas a 54-53 lead, but the Blue Devils responded with a 10-0 run. Allen got the surge started with three free throws, and Amile Jefferson finished it off with a layup off a pass from Jones.

Georgetown made a couple more charges at Duke, but the Blue Devils held on. Allen finished off a 7-0 run with a 3-pointer that made it 77-69 with 2:46 left.

The Hoyas closed to 86-84 on a 3-pointer by Copeland with 7 seconds left. After Thornton missed two free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining, Copeland’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer was short.

Before Duke rallied, Georgetown held the lead for most of the first half. Johnson’s buzzer-beating 3 from near midcourt made it 47-42 at the break.

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Josh Hart scored a career-high 27 points to lead Villanova to the victory in the NIT Season Tipoff.

Hart shot 11 for 21 from the field and grabbed nine rebounds. The Wildcats (4-0) trailed by as many as eight in the first half before turning the game around with a 27-5 run across both halves.

Villanova senior Ryan Arcidiacono had 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds, and Kris Jenkins scored 11 points.

Antino Jackson scored 13 points and Kwan Cheatham Jr., had 11 for Akron (3-1).

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Jakob Poeltl had a huge performance and Brandon Taylor hit the go-ahead shot with 28.4 seconds left, lifting Utah to the victory in the third-place game at the Puerto Rico Tipoff.

Poeltl finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds, tied for the No. 2 single-game scoring total in Tipoff history and the most since 2011. He also went 4 for 4 at the foul line in the final 4.6 seconds, giving Utah (4-1) a tough win against Temple (1-3) after Friday’s blowout loss to Miami.

Quenton DeCosey scored 14 points for the Owls, who shot 39 percent.

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Rapheal Davis scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures, and Purdue won the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.

The Boilermakers (5-0) led most of the way and used a 15-2 second-half run to pull away, sending the Gators (3-1) their first loss under new coach Mike White.

P.J. Thompson had 15 points for Purdue, and Vince Edwards scored 14.

John Egbunu had 19 points and seven rebounds for Florida. Dorian Finney-Smith added 17 points and eight boards.

Purdue shot 50 percent from the floor and made 11 of 26 shots from behind the arc.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Angel Rodriguez scored 19 points and Miami took down its second straight ranked opponent, beating No. 22 Butler for the Puerto Rico Tipoff championship.

Ja’Quan Newton added a career-high 17 points for the Hurricanes (5-0), who followed their romp against No. 16 Utah by building a big lead again, and then protecting that advantage against a big scoring burst from Kellen Dunham and the Bulldogs.

Dunham scored 20 of his 23 after halftime, helping Butler (3-1) trim a 19-point gap to four with about 3½ minutes left. But the Hurricanes hit enough free throws late to hang on, earning their second Tipoff title and first since beating Providence to win the inaugural event in 2007.

It was quite a week for the Hurricanes in San Juan, from their three-game run to the homecoming for Rodriguez – who grew up watching a local pro team play in this same arena.

EUGENE, Ore. — Dillon Brooks had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Tyler Dorsey added 21 points, and No. 25 Oregon beat Valparaiso.

Brooks scored 18 points in the second half, including eight straight during a 12-2 run that gave the Ducks (4-0) their largest lead at 63-53.

The Crusaders (5-1) pulled to 69-67 on 3-pointers by Keith Carter and Darien Walker, but Oregon sealed the victory with four free throws in the final 28.6 seconds.

Tevonn Walker led Valparaiso with 14 points and Alec Peters had 13.

Elgin Cook added 13 points for the Ducks, whose scoring edge came at the foul line as they made 17 of 24 attempts to just 5 of 6 for the Crusaders.

Brooks led the Ducks to a 38-31 rebounding edge.

Oregon opened an 11-6 lead thanks mostly to eight Valparaiso turnovers in the first seven minutes. The Ducks’ early strategy of attacking inside paid off in 13 free throws before the Crusaders made it to the foul line late in the half.

Dorsey’s second 3-point play put Oregon ahead 27-19 with 4:42 left in the half before Valparaiso closed with a 16-6 run. Tevonn Walker banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 35-33 lead.