The Duke Blue Devils ran into the Yale Bulldogs in the Round of 32 on Saturday and, after getting more than what they wanted from UNC-Wilmington, Duke got just as much of a battle from their second-round opponent.
Duke came out hot early on in the game, shooting 9-15 from beyond the three-point line. Grayson Allen led the Blue Devils with 20 points in the first half as they were up 48-25 at the break.
However, Brandon Sherrod led his Bulldogs on a run in the second half that almost saw Yale pull off a huge win. They went on a 15-2 run early in the second half to cut the score down to 54-47.
Duke did not let the Bulldogs tie the game back up, however, as they moved on to the 71-64 win. The Blue Devils were led by Allen, who had 28 points, and Brandon Ingram, who added 25.
They shut down Makai Mason, who set a Yale NCAA scoring record against Baylor with 31 points. He only recorded eight points, but added on seven assists late down the stretch.
Duke now advances to the Sweet Sixteen for the second straight year and for the sixth time since 2009. They play the winner of the Oregon/Saint Joseph’s game, which will take place tomorrow night on TBS.
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