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Purdue looked unusually sloppy in the opening minutes. The Boilermakers had several turnovers and missed their first six shots before Kramer made a fadeaway with 15:49 left in the first half that cut Duke's lead to 7-2.
Duke maintained control, and a putback by Scheyer increased the Blue Devils' lead to 27-14 with about seven minutes left in the first half.
Nemanja Calasan helped Purdue rally. He made a 3-pointer and a jumper from the free throw line, then two free throws in a run that cut Duke's lead to 34-27 just under three minutes before the half. The Blue Devils held on, and led by eight at halftime.
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