Bagley's big second half helps Duke advance to semifinals of ACC tournament

Jonathan M. Alexander, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

Published in Basketball

NEW YORK -- Even with Bonzie Colson and Matt Ferrell in the lineup for Notre Dame, there still weren't enough answers for stopping Duke and star freshman Marvin Bagley III.

Bagley went on a tear in the second half of Thursday night's quarterfinal game of the ACC tournament, carrying the Blue Devils to an 88-70 win.

Bagley, who finished with the game with 33 points, scored 23 the second half. He also had 17 rebounds. It was his 20th double-double of the season.

With the win, No. 5 Duke (26-6) will move on to the semifinals of the ACC tournament to play the winner of No. 12 North Carolina (23-9) and No. 24 Miami (22-8).

Duke won the first matchup against Notre Dame, 88-66, on Jan. 29. But the Irish were without their two best players, Colson and Ferrell, who missed the game with injuries.

Colson and Ferrell said Thursday they were looking forward to being able to avenge that loss. And during the first half it was interesting.

Duke got out to a fast start. The Blue Devils hit 14 of their first 23 shots. Duke senior guard Grayson Allen knocked down his first five shots, all 3-pointers, while Bagley made four of five. At that point, Duke was clicking on all cylinders.

But soon it soon cooled off. They missed 10 of their next 11 shots during the last 10 minutes of the first half. The Fighting Irish managed to cut the deficit to four points by halftime. Bagley missed his final five shots of the half, and Allen missed two.

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Colson, who struggled in the first half of Notre Dame's win over Virginia Tech, scored 10 points in the first half.

But three games in three nights seemed to take its toll on the Fighting Irish. In the second half, Bagley couldn't be stopped. Bagley hit 11 of 13 shots after halftime. He made it even when he wasn't trying. With about four minutes left to play Allen, who finished with 23 points threw him an alley-oop. The ball went off Bagley's fingers, as a Notre Dame defender tried to deflect it, and fell into the basket.

Duke shot 55 percent from the floor overall as a team.

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