Freshman Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 31 points and No. 1 Duke beat No. 6 Michigan State last night in Durham, N.C., 84-79, in the marquee matchup of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Nolan Smith added 17 points and Kyle Singler scored 15 for the Blue Devils (7-0). They shot 47 percent, turned 20 Michigan State turnovers into 28 points, used a 12-2 spurt midway through the second half to take a double-figure lead, and held off the Spartans (5-2) down the stretch by hitting 9 of 12 free throws in the final 1:15.
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