Watch: Duke’s Grayson Allen denies handshake from Dillon Brooks
After Oregon beat Duke, 82–68, in their Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday night, Grayson Allen rebuffed a handshake attempt from Oregon forward Dillon Brooks.
Allen led the Blue Devils with 15 points plus three assists and six rebounds, but his performance was not enough to prevent the Ducks from advancing to the Elite Eight.
When Brooks tried to congratulate Allen for his team’s effort in the tournament, Allen went stiff and did not return the gesture.
Brooks was the leading scorer for the Ducks, logging 22 points with six assists and five rebounds. The sophomore also made four of nine of his three-point attempts, including a shot from near half court with eight seconds left in the game.
Brooks said his scoring outburst was fueled by trash talk from the Blue Devils.
“They were all trash-talking,” Brooks said, according to ESPN. “I wasn’t really trying to say too much. But it’s part of the game. Everybody trash-talks and tries to get you out of your game. But that just makes me go harder and fires me up.”
After the game, Brooks said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski warned him against showboating, telling him he is “too good of a player to be showing off at the end,” according to ESPN. Coach K denied the exchange, saying he only called Brooks a “terrific player.”