Michigan State's Tom Izzo coaching against Duke.

2020 has seen a lot of firsts, and the latest one there is the #8 Michigan State Spartans’ men’s basketball team picking up a 75-69 victory in a road game against the #6 Duke Blue Devils Tuesday night. That was the first time that Michigan State had ever picked up a win in Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium (they had lost their previous three games there). And while there weren’t any fans in attendance, that’s still a very notable win for the Spartans:

This is also a notable loss for the Blue Devils, who have now lost non-conference games for two years running (following a surprising loss to Stephen F. Austin last year). That’s a rare stat for them:

Michigan State trailed by 10 points early on, but battled back to take a 37-33 lead at halftime. The Spartans then held on from there, and they were very impressive on defense, holding Duke to 20 of 62 shooting and five makes on 23 three-point attempts. Rocket Watts led the way for Michigan State with 20 points, while Joey Hauser and Malik Hall each recorded double-doubles.

For Duke, Matthew Hurt posted 21 points and 13 rebounds in a losing cause, and the Blue Devils got to the line 30 times and made 24 of those shots. But their in-play offense left many things to be desired. We’ll see where both of these teams go from here.

[Screencap via @CBBonFox]

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Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.