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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kyrie Irving didn't wait long to make his mark at Duke.
The freshman guard scored 17 points and did an outstanding defensive job on preseason All-America Jacob Pullen and the top-ranked Blue Devils beat No. 4 Kansas State 82-68 on Tuesday night to win the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.
Irving was a heralded recruit coming out of St. Patrick's H.S. in New Jersey and there weren't many who didn't think he would be a star in college before heading to the NBA.
Five games into his college career he gave quite a performance in a neutral-site game that certainly wasn't.
"I definitely saw a lot of purple shirts in the crowd, so it felt like an away game," Irving said of the game played in the Sprint Center, about two hours from the Kansas State campus. "That's how we approached it. We had to block them out and just play our game."
Did that make Irving nervous?
"Yeah, to start the game," he said. "I really haven't been in an atmosphere where the whole entire crowd is against me. Most of my games have been at home, so this is my first official road trip. It was a great experience."