(Duke taking on Florida at the Jimmy V Classic – Photo by Jason Schott)
At the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, Duke beat Florida 84-74, while Purdue opened the night with a dominant 97-64 win over Arizona State.
Purdue 97, Arizona State 64
Purdue controlled this one from the start, as they went on a 15-0 run to take a 35-12 lead with 4:54 left in the first half and led 47-21 at the half.
In the first half, Purdue shot 58 percent, or 19-33, from the field, while Arizona State shot 10-for-30.
The second half was more of the same, and at one point, Purdue led by 42 points, 88-46, on a Ryan Cline three-pointer with 4:05 left.
Purdue had six players in double figures, with Isaac Haas and Vincent Edwards leading the way with 16 points apiece, Ryan Cline had 15, Basil Smotherman had 13, and Carsen Edwards and Dakota Mathias each had 12 points.
Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter said of the win, “I think things definitely went in our favor, especially shooting the basketball. Anytime you have a dilemma as a coach and you’re going to double or do something differently, where we’ve gotten into trouble is where we force things. At the start of the game, I thought we had some unforced errors and then we settled down after the first four minutes. You have to be simple when people double team. You just have to pass the basketball, you can’t try and go through it. I thought right as we started moving the basketball and got into a rhythm, our guys played maybe the best half outside of that first four minutes.”
Arizona State Head Coach Bobby Hurley said of the game, “Purdue’s a really good basketball team – really good toughness, really good balance, inside game. They made quite a bit of shots behind the line. (I) thought that we competed for about eight minutes out of forty; that’s just not enough at this level. First eight minutes, I thought we were solid – we weren’t making shots, but we were competing hard. We got some turnovers and were in the game. So much of our identity is based on shot making, and we go 4-26 – we’re going to have nights like that. It definitely affected how we defended and how we continued to compete throughout the game. That was really disturbing – how we competed. It’s not a reflection of my personality or the teams I’ve coached in the past, so we have to make some changes. We had a nice win against UNLV and defended and played pretty hard, but, tonight we just didn’t do that. Probably outside of Maurice O’Field taking two charges for us and Kodi Justice I thought competed well, defended, gave good effort. Otherwise, no one brought much to the table tonight.”
Hurley continued about his team’s play, “For a city that’s a blue-collar city and an arena that has so much tradition and so many good payers that have played on this court – to look like that it was embarrassing. And then the cause, such a great cause that we’re playing for tonight. Did my players play as hard as the people that are going through what they go through in cancer, as families go through their personal situations? I don’t think so.”
Duke 84, Florida 74
Unlike the first game, this one was highly competitive from the start, with Florida leading 28-26 on a Kevaughn Allen three-pointer with 5:19 left in the first half.
Duke responded with a 13-1 run over the next four minutes capped by an Amile Jefferson tip-in at the 1:00 mark, and they led 41-31 at the half.
Jefferson put up 18 points on 8-10 shooting, with eight rebounds, to lead Duke in the first half. Luke Kennard had 13 points on 6-8 from the field, including a three-pointer, in the first.
Duke kept it going in the second half, as they maintained a 10-point edge, and a Jayson Tatum layup made it 66-54 at the 7:19 mark.
Florida made a little run, as they got it to within seven, 78-71, on a Justin Leon three with 2:31 left.
Duke responded, and a Grayson Allen jumper made it 84-72 with 42 seconds remaining.
Kennard scored 16 points in the second half to lead Duke with 29 for the game, on 11-16 from the field, including 5-7 on threes, with three assists and two steals. Jefferson finished with 24 points on 11-16 shooting, and 15 rebounds, including five on the offensive end. Tatum had 22 points off the bench on 7-11 from the field, and eight rebounds.