The No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils bounced back from its loss to Kansas by beating Penn State, and Nittany Lions star point guard Tony Carr, found out he can play on any stage against anyone.
Frank Jackson led five Duke players in double figures with 17 points and Philly native Amile Jefferson added 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils to a 78-68 win Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.
Final: No. 1 Duke 78, Penn State 68
Jackson – 17
Jefferson – 16
Kennard – 15
Jones – 15
Allen – 12
Tony Carr – 20
Banks – 13
Garner – 15
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Tony Carr is the best guard on the floor in the penn st duke game
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Carr had 20 points and Shep Garner added 15 to lead Penn State (2-2).
Carr was sharp, and reminiscent of his father — as he played with a steady head for over 36 minutes against the Blue Devils relentless pressure.
This was his fourth game, and he played with a calm, old school feel — bringing Penn State back from down almost twenty, with a team leading 20 points, six rebounds, and three assists..
Carr says Prior to Saturday’s Hall of Fame Tip Off tournament semifinal, he’d played against some of Duke’s top players in prior tournaments.
“We all played with a great AAU team in the team finals, so we played some of those guys during the summer time,” Carr said. “We just wanted to come in and play tough and try to give it our all.”
For Penn State — who was using the tournament to see how the young team stacks up against top-level competition — moral should be at an all time high, even as the team sits at 2-2 on the season.
This was the program’s first game against a No. 1 ranked team since 2011, and they’re now 0-14 in those games.
“We took another step today,” said coach Patrick Chambers. “We got better. And that’s our goal Just keep getting better. It’s a process that’s going to take some time, but we’re going to eventually get there.”
For the Nittany Lions — getting better will mean hitting shots from outside — as Duke held Penn State to six 3-point baskets on 21 attempts.