Too many Michigan State turnovers and not enough chances at the free throw line did in the Spartans last night at Duke, where sixth-ranked MSU lost to the top-ranked Blue Devils 84-to-79. The Spartans committed 20 turnovers for the third time this season with their record dropping to 5-and-2 while Duke improved to 7-and-0. The Blue Devils made 27 of their 38 free throws.
Michigan State shot only 15 free throws in the game and made eight. Korie Lucious paced MSU with 20 points followed by Draymond Green with 16 and Kalin Lucas with 14. Duke’s standout freshman guard Kyrie Irving shined on the big stage with 31-points.
Michigan State returns to action Saturday afternoon at home against Bowling Green. Despite the Spartan’s loss at Duke, the Big Ten for the second straight year came out on top in the in the Challenge series with the A-C-C, winning 6 out of the 10 games this week.
In last night’s other Challenge action, Purdue beat Virginia Tech, Boston College downed Indiana, Maryland defeated Penn State, and it was Wisconsin over North Carolina State.