Yale suffers loss to Duke 71-64

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PROVIDENCE — Yale’s hopes of advancing to the Sweet 16 has ended.

Duke has survived a second-half rally and beaten the Bulldogs 71-64.

The Bulldogs are cheering their fans as they walk off the court.

Brandon Sherrod led Yale with 22 points, and Justin Sears and Anthony Dallier each had 12. Makai Mason, the star in Yale’s upset of Baylor in the first round with 31 points, had just eight against Duke and was 0 of 5 on 3-pointers.

Grayson Allen had 29 points, including five 3-pointers, to help Duke fend off a furious rally by Yale and advance to the Sweet 16  NCAA Tournament.

Brandon Ingram added 25 points and five rebounds for the defending champions, who will play the winner of top-seeded Oregon and St. Joseph’s.

The West Region’s No. 4 seed, Duke led by as many as 27 points in the battle of the brainy schools before seeing that dwindle to just three points with less than a minute to play.

Yale came close to forcing a needed turnover, but eventually had to foul. Duke connected on four of its final five free-throws to close out the game.

Brandon Sherrod led the 12th-seeded Bulldogs with 22 points. Justin Sears added 12 points and 11 rebounds