BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski saw how tired his team was on Wednesday night.
He also heard it.
Fortunately for the Blue Devils, Marvin Bagley III and Grayson Allen still had enough energy to persevere.
Bagley scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Allen scored 21 points and Duke No. 1 used a late scoring run to fend off annoying Indiana 91-81 in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge.
"When you're tired, especially the boys when they're tired, they do not talk," Krzyzewski said. "They talked on their own and that's how we played most of the game, we wanted to win, but we were in. This is what I have to do instead of what we have to do."
Finally, Duke (9-0) discovered it and made a decisive 17-4 run that sealed Indiana's fate.
But after registering almost 8,500 miles and playing nine times in 20 days, fatigue was clearly a factor.
In the first half, the teams exchanged the advantage 10 times, had 11 draws and the Blue Devils could not achieve a real separation.
Once they did, at the beginning of the second half, they could not keep up the momentum and got themselves into trouble with fouls.  This is how the most winning college basketball coach prepared it, but he also understood it.
"We are exhausted," said Krzyzewski. "They're dead right now, but they certainly played those 5 minutes at the end with an incredible will to win."
Indiana was led by Robert Johnson with 17 points and De & # 39; Ron Davis with 16 as his three games The winning streak came to an end.
Duke seemed to take control with a 10-4 run to close the first half and another 10-4 run to start the second for a 52-42 lead.
Instead of walking away, however, the Hoosiers scored seven straight, tied the score at 57 with Collin Hartman's triple length and took a 61-59 lead when Hartman made two free throws with 12:17 remaining.
For the next 10 minutes, the teams essentially played a draw. Neither team could take more than a two-possession lead until Gary Trent Jr. ended the big push with a three-point play that made it 86-77 with 2:24 left.
"I think he gave us a kind of the basic level of where we have to play every night," Johnson said of the Hoosiers' effort.
Duke: Few teams could go through an initial stage like this. The fact that the Blue Devils can mean they are even better than what is advertised. But first they will take advantage of a short and deserved rest.
Indiana: The Hoosiers fought bravely. They played defense, took care of the ball and stayed most of the game. It was an impressive performance, a better effort and the first significant indication that new coach Archie Miller has things on track in Bloomington.
Duke: Shot 55 percent from the field but was 3 of 17 in triples. … The Blue Devils committed only eight turnovers and had a rebound advantage 33-31. … A three-game losing streak ended. … Won Krzyzewski's 499th victory outside the Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Indiana: Juwan Morgan had 14 points and six rebounds, while Hartman scored a season-high 11 … The Hoosiers finished with only nine turnovers, but went 16-for-26 from the free-throw line. … Indiana had 5 out of 21 in 3s.
Duke: "It was different," Bagley said of his first real road game. "But we stayed on the defensive and did runs and that's what put us on the top."
Indiana: "The Assembly Hall was everything good to be tonight," Miller said. "Fortunately, we can offer them a victory in that kind of environment."
On an emotional night, the half-time putting contest between two professional golfers generated a roar as the last hole in the US Open. 19659014] Two-time main winner Fuzzy Zoeller and PGA Tour golfer Jeff Overton went from one baseline in the Assembly Hall to the other, trying to put the ball through a narrow window in a sign.
Zoeller's shot misses to the right.
But Overton rolled almost perfectly through the middle, putting the crowd on his feet as Overt on was punching a midcourt. When making the putt, a fan won four trips to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Duke: receives South Dakota on Saturday, his first home game since November 20.
Indiana: Ten games open on Saturday in Michigan.
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