Jayhawks bedevil Duke in Champions Classic
CHICAGO, Ill. – A familiar face and young phenom vaulted the Kansas Jayhawks to a 94-83 win over the fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday night. Sophomore Perry Ellis scored a career high 24 points and freshman Andrew Wiggins had 22, including a key step-back jumper that pushed the Jayhawk lead to two possessions with 90 seconds to play.
Kansas improved to 2-0 on the young season and got its first victory in the Champions Classic in three tries after losing previously to Kentucky and Michigan State. For all the hype heaped on Wiggins’ shoulders, he lived up to it on a big stage. In addition to shooting 60 percent from the field he also pulled down eight rebounds.
After Duke trimmed the lead to two in the last two minutes, Wiggins hit the big step-back jumper and then finished an Ellis steal with a dunk that gave the Jayhawks a six point advantage. That gave the Jayhawks separation and the Blue Devils couldn’t hit shots down the stretch, which led to the double-digit victory.
The win was the Jayhawks’ biggest win over a top five team since beating third-ranked Baylor 92-74 in 2012. Kansas plays host to the Iona Gaels next Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Tip is set for 7 p.m.