Durham, N.C. • Freshman Jabari Parker scored 21 points to help No. 8 Duke beat Gardner-Webb 85-66 on Monday night.
Andre Dawkins added a season-high 18 points for the Blue Devils (8-2), who were playing their first game in nearly two weeks. Duke’s offense came out strong and shot 50 percent with nine 3-pointers, maintaining a double-digit lead for most of the game even though they didn’t do a lot to slow the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ own hot shooting.
Duke led by 14 points at halftime and by 23 in the second half on the way to earning its 108th straight home nonconference victory.
Jerome Hill scored a career-high 22 points to go with nine rebounds to lead Gardner-Webb (6-6).
Arizona still No. 1
Arizona remains the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll after winning a close game at Michigan on Saturday.
The Wildcats (11-0), who won 72-70, received all but two of the first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday.
Syracuse (10-0) got the other two No. 1 votes and remains second in the poll.
Ohio State is third followed by Wisconsin, Michigan State, Louisville and Oklahoma State.
Duke and Villanova, which moved up two spots, were tied for eighth, while Connecticut dropped one spot to round out the top 10.
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