Duke guard Grayson Allen scored 37 points in an 88-81 victory over Michigan State on Tuesday in a matchup of the two top-ranked basketball teams in the nation. But that’s not even the most impressive part of his performance.
The senior played all 40 minutes of the contest and managed to go the entire time without attempting to maul an opponent via tripping.
In the span of less than a year, from February 2016 to January 2017, the Blue Devils star tripped no less than four opponents. After the third incident, he cried on the sideline and was suspended. In his first game back, he did it again.
The senior on the nation’s No. 1 team shot 11-of-20 from the field on Tuesday, including 7-of-11 from deep en route to a career high.
Two of those bombs came at the end of each half.
Grayson Allen from about 7 feet behind the arc.
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Afterward, everyone on Twitter had the same joke about the guard with a Draymond Green-esque disregard for the safety of those around him, the rare college basketball star that sticks with a school for four years.
Congrats to Grayson Allen on a big night in his 14th year as a Duke basketball player.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 15, 2017
Congrats to Grayson Allen on scoring 37.
Always a special moment when a player matches his age and points.
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) November 15, 2017
Grayson Allen is a bad man …. even though he’s been in school 12 years
— Booger (@ESPNBooger) November 15, 2017
Duke lost highly touted freshman Marvin Bagley III to a poked eye after he’d logged just 10 minutes.
“I’ve played in 90 more games than the four teammates that are out there with me,” Allen said. “I feel a little more comfortable and calm and confident out there. Watching a lot of film of me my last two years, it’s good sometimes to go 100 mph, but it’s also good to slow it down a few times, so that’s the adjustment I’ve tried to make and I think it makes me more comfortable out there.”