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Duke’s Gray flirts with a triple-double

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POSTED November 29, 2013 12:58 a.m.

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) — Once Duke got its inside and outside game going, the second-ranked Blue Devils were going to be tough to beat.

Tricia Liston scored 22 points and Elizabeth Williams added 18 to help No. 2 Duke rout Xavier 81-54 at the Paradise Jam on Thursday.

Williams also had eight rebounds and four blocks for the Blue Devils (6-0).

“Elizabeth was demanding the basketball and working very hard for position,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “She got double- and triple-teamed, but she handled herself very well and went up strong. I think Elizabeth really set the tone for the team in terms of attacking, and that is always important in these games.”

Chelsea Gray had eight points, nine assists and nine rebounds for Duke, which shot a season-high 60 percent from the field and had 10 blocks.

Duke was up by three 7½ minutes in before scoring 20 of the final 29 points of the half to take a 40-26 lead at the break. Liston had nine points during the burst. Liston has gone over 20 points in three of Duke’s games this season.


Smart nets 30 for OK State

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Purdue gave No. 5 Oklahoma State a scare after a poor first half. But that was all.

Bryson Scott scored 18 points as the Boilermakers rallied from a big deficit before losing 97-87 to the Cowboys Thursday in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic.

“I thought who we are as a team was shown in both halves,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “You saw an immature team in the first half not really handle coaching. Our guys, I think their ego clashed with reality in the first half. Anytime you face someone who’s got a lot of attention, who’s ranked high, you want to go right at them and you want to beat them by yourself, and you can’t beat Oklahoma State by yourself. You’ve got to beat them a team.”

Marcus Smart scored 30 points and Markel Brown added 25 points for the Cowboys (6-0), who came in averaging 100.2 points and had defeated their first five opponents by an average of 37.8.

Smart tied Michael Beasley (Kansas State), Devan Downey (South Carolina) and Jared Jordan (Marist) for the highest scoring game in classic history.

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