Blue Devils sneak past Jayhawks


November 6, 2019 - 9:50 AM

The Kansas Jayhawks walk onto the court after a timeout in the Big 12 Basketball Tournament Finals against the Iowa State Cyclones at Sprint Center on March 16. JAMIE SQUIRE/GETTY IMAGES/TNS

NEW YORK (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was pleased with his young team’s poise in the season opener, especially that of sophomore Tre Jones.

Jones scored 15 points and Cassius Stanley added 11 of his 13 points in the second half to help No. 4 Duke beat third-ranked Kansas 68-66 in the opener of the Champions Classic on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

“The difference maker was Tre. Lot of young guys, lot of new guys,” Krzyzewski said. “We really tried to play good defense in our first 30 practices. We played really good defense (tonight). It starts with that kid. Really happy with my team. Terrific win for us.”

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