Hoosiers Start Hot, Finish Cold In Loss At Duke

Duke's Marshall Plumlee (40) shoots over Indiana's Thomas Bryant (31) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Freshman Brandon Ingram scored a season-best 24 points and No. 7 Duke beat Indiana 94-74 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Amile Jefferson flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 11 rebounds, eight points and eight assists for the Blue Devils (7-1).
Matt Jones added a career-high 23 points with five 3-pointers and Grayson Allen had 16 points for Duke, which won its fifth straight by shooting 53 percent and holding Indiana without a field goal for the first 8 1/2 minutes of the second half.
Troy Williams scored 17 points, Yogi Ferrell had 15 and James Blackmon Jr. finished with 14 for the Hoosiers (5-3), who have lost three of five, and this was by far the most lopsided.
This was supposed to be one of the marquee matchups of the made-by-TV event, but two losses by Indiana at the Maui Invitational took off some of the luster.
And Ingram and the Blue Devils turned this one into a typical Cameron Indoor Stadium blowout.
In surpassing the previous high of 21 points he set against Bryant in his second game, Ingram finished 10 of 15 while hitting four of his six 3-pointers — after making just 6 of 25 all season.
Ingram helped Duke take complete control coming out of the break, with that defensive clamp-down on the Hoosiers. The Blue Devils stretched their lead to 20 on Ingram’s jumper in the lane with 13 1/2 minutes left.
The sequence that all but ended it came with 12:12 remaining, when Indiana’s Robert Johnson was called for a technical foul for shoving Allen. He buried the two requisite free throws, Duke kept the ball and Jones hit a corner 3 that made it 69-46.
Indiana: The Hoosiers came to Cameron averaging 88.3 points per game, shooting 54.7 percent, hitting 44.9 percent from 3-point range and averaging 9.1 steals — all Big Ten bests. They’re 5-0 when scoring at least 80 points and 0-3 when they’re in the 70s or worse.
Duke: On paper, this shaped up as the toughest test of the season for Duke’s 15-year winning streak in nonconference games at Cameron. But the Blue Devils had no trouble earning their 121th straight home win against non-ACC opponents.
Indiana plays host to Morehead State on Saturday night.
Duke plays host to Buffalo on Saturday.

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