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No 1 Duke awakens to defeat Portland St.

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(TSX / STATS) -- PORTLAND, Ore. -- After receiving a wake-up call in the first half, the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils began the Phil Knight 80 Invitational with a 99-81 first-round victory over the upstart Portland State Vikings on Thursday.

"I thought Portland State played amazingly hard and well -- they knocked us back," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "They're well-coached... we beat a really good team today."

The Blue Devils (5-0) went into the half trailing 49-45 but came out much more disciplined in the second half to slow the game down.


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1 Duke5-0
2 Arizona3-1
3 Kansas4-0
4 Michigan State2-1
5 Villanova4-0
6 Wichita State4-1
7 Florida3-0
8 Kentucky5-1
9 North Carolina3-0
10 USC4-0
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1 Temple3-0
2 Texas A&M4-0
3 UT Arlington2-1
4 Vermont4-1
5 Nevada5-0
6 North Carolina3-0
7 Alabama4-0
8 Toledo3-1
9 Missouri3-1
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