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Duke shakes off rust, beats Gardner-Webb

After a break in the schedule of nearly 2 weeks, the Blue Devils coast to a victory.

DUKE'S SHOOTING cooled as the game wore on, while its defense had trouble consistently slowing down Gardner-Webb's hot shooting.

Then again, Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski said it was an OK performance for a team coming off such a long break.

Freshman Jabari Parker scored 21 points to help No. 8 Duke beat visiting Gardner-Webb, 85-66, last night in its first game in nearly 2 weeks.

Andre Dawkins added a season-high 18 points for the Blue Devils (8-2), who hadn't played since beating Michigan on Dec. 3 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

"You don't stop playing for 2 weeks and not have some slippage," Krzyzewski said. "But overall, I was pleased with our team."

Jerome Hill had 22 points for the Runnin' Bulldogs (6-6).


* A Las Vegas judge accepted former UNLV player Savon Goodman's written guilty plea to reduced petty theft and trespass charges and restitution for items stolen from a friend's apartment last May. Goodman, 20, formerly of Constitution High, has moved back to the Philadelphia area.

* Drexel senior Frantz Massenat was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week, his second such honor of the season. Massenat tied a career high with 25 points on Sunday in Drexel's 72-58 win at Davidson.

* UConn redshirt freshman guard Rodney Purvis, who is sitting out this season after transferring from North Carolina State, plans to have surgery today to fix a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

* Arizona (11-0) remained the runaway No. 1 team in the Associated Press' poll after winning a close game, 72-70, at Michigan on Saturday. Villanova is tied with Duke at No. 8.

UConn remains the unanimous No. 1 in the women's poll.