Jackson altered that by hitting a 3-pointer from the corner with 6:41 left within the first half. It was the very first of three straight 3-pointers that helped the Spartans erase their double-digit deficit in under two minutes’ time.
Duke, though, finished with an eight-point run, capped by an Allen 3-pointer in the buzzer, to accept halftime lead.
CHICAGO – Inside a game highlighted by a bevy of young talent, it was college basketball’s most familiar face – as well as an old Michigan Condition foe – who ultimately performed the hero role.
But Michigan State’s perimeter players could not take action in support: point guard Cassius Winston did not hit his first shot until 13 minutes continued to be, and Joshua Langford finished 1-for-5 from lengthy range.
Nowhere Demons senior carried out with a game title-high 37 points. Three years ago as a newcomer, Allen’s hot first-half shooting helped do Michigan Condition in inside a Final Four matchup.
Nowhere Demons lost star newcomer forward Marvin Bagley with 10:09 left within the first half, as he was poked within the eye. He did not return, robbing the sport of their most compelling matchup: Bagley against Jackson.
That helped Michigan State’s frontcourt to some dominant performance early: Jackson and fellow forward Nick Ward both had 19 points, and helped the Spartans overcome its 10-point deficit halfway with the other half.