No. 20 Duke beats NC State 88-78 to end 3-game losing skid

Marshall Plumlee, Brandon Ingram, Grayson Allen, Matt Jones
Duke’s Marshall Plumlee, left, Brandon Ingram (14), Grayson Allen, second from right, and Matt Jones (13) walk off the court following an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Syracuse defeated Duke 64-62. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Grayson Allen scored 28 points and No. 20 Duke took control with a second-half flurry to beat North Carolina State 88-78 on Saturday and end a three-game losing streak.

Freshman Brandon Ingram added 25 points for the Blue Devils (15-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 10 points late in the first half but seized momentum with their go-ahead 14-0 run.

Matt Jones came up with two 3s in the game-turning burst, which allowed Duke to build a double-digit lead and put the Wolfpack (11-9, 1-6) into catch-up mode.

Duke kept the pressure on, too, shooting 71 percent from the field after halftime — including 7 for 11 from 3-point range — in an efficient showing and finished at 54 percent for the game.

Anthony “Cat” Barber scored 19 points to lead N.C. State, which shot 52 percent but couldn’t keep up once Duke’s offense found its flow.

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