3 takeaways from No. 3 Gonzaga's win over No. 1 Duke

3 takeaways from No. 3 Gonzaga's win over No. 1 Duke

3 takeaways from No. 3 Gonzaga's win over No. 1 Duke

The college basketball world spent the first two weeks of the season with its mouth agape at the unstoppable force Duke had created by landing the top three freshmen in the class of 2018, and now, with an 89-87 win in an instant classic of a Maui Invitational final, Gonzaga has proved that the Blue Devils can be beaten.

Javin DeLaurier #12 of the Duke Blue Devils lines up between Jeremy Jones #22 and Rui Hachimura #21 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs during a free-throw attempt during the first half of the gameat the Lahaina Civic Center on November 21, 2018 in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Every time Auburn tried to get closer, however, the Blue Devils answered with an alley-oop dunk or step-back jumper. The Zags all but took Duke big man Marques Bolden, who had seven blocked shots in the semifinals, out of the game with their ball movement and created numerous open looks for themselves.

Duke may not lose again, or it may not lose until April in Minneapolis when it meets Gonzaga again or another inner-circle national title contender in the Final Four, or it may lose to in and dynamic freshman Romeo Langford on Tuesday night. The Spartanburg, S.C., native scored the first four points for the Blue Devils and picked up a pair of offensive boards in the first five minutes.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few said he had a "nice little calmness" even as Duke tied the game late because he trusted his players.

Gonzaga connected on almost 70 percent of its shots for the bulk of the first half before making six of its first seven shots after the break.

The Tigers (4-1) clawed back, trimming a 17-point deficit to 61-56 in the second half by fearlessly attacking Duke at both ends. Chase Jeter added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Arizona while Marial Shayok led Iowa State with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Taking possession with 3.7 seconds left in the half, Jones took the in-bounds pass, dribbled up court and launched a 3-pointer from 35 feet that banked in to leave Duke trailing by just eight points.

Duke, a five-time Maui champion, fell to 17-1 here all-time.

Trent Frazier had 15 points to lead IL (1-3), which will face Xavier in the seventh-place game.

The Bulldogs held the trio to a combined 55 points in the game and it was enough to get a victory.

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