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Scheyer's career night lifts Duke to win over Gardner-Webb

Everything that left Jon Scheyer's hand went where it was supposed to go: straight to his teammates and, especially, through the rim.

Everything that left Jon Scheyer's hand went where it was supposed to go: straight to his teammates and, especially, through the rim.

Scheyer had career highs of 36 points and nine assists last night to lead No. 7 Duke past Gardner-Webb, 113-68.

He was 11-for-13 from the floor, had 24 points by halftime and finished with a personal-best seven three-pointers to lead the Blue Devils (8-1). And as his stat line inched closer to a triple-double, his teammates joked that he earned a taste of the silent treatment.

"You don't talk about it," forward Mason Plumlee said with a smile. "If he's not missing, don't mess with him."

Auryn MacMillan scored 14 points and C.J. Hailey added 11 to lead Gardner-Webb (3-5). The Runnin' Bulldogs turned it over 23 times and went more than 6 minutes without putting the ball through the rim in losing their fifth straight.

Freshman Andre Dawkins scored 16 emotional points while playing for the first time since his sister was killed in a car accident 2 weeks earlier while driving to see Duke's game against St. John's.

Miles Plumlee and Brian Zoubek had 13 points apiece, while Nolan Smith added 11 and Kyle Singler, playing through a sprained right ankle, also finished with 11 - all in the second half.

But the Blue Devils ultimately didn't need too much from their injured star in extending several long streaks at Cameron Indoor Stadium: They won their 74th straight nonconference game there, their 34th in a row at home against unranked teams and their 47th consecutive December home game.

"You never know when lightning will strike twice," Gardner-Webb coach Rick Scruggs said, lightheartedly referring to his program-defining win 2 years ago at Kentucky. "Since it was a blue-and-white team and it was on television again, we were hoping tonight was the night, but it didn't turn out that way."

Duke was coming off a 10-day layoff between games for final exams and, with the university on break, had the unusual sight of a few scattered empty seats at the perpetually packed arena.

But Scheyer and the Blue Devils clearly were on top of their game and didn't get caught looking ahead to Saturday's game against No. 15 Gonzaga at New York's Madison Square Garden. Duke had a season-high 27 assists on its 43 field goals.

"When you're passing the ball like that, even as many points as [Scheyer is] scoring, it still feels like, 'We're scoring,' and not, 'He's scoring,' " coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Duke never trailed, broke the game open with a huge early run and shot 65.2 percent - 60.7 percent in the first half, when this one was decided.

In another Top 25 game:

* At Tennessee, Scotty Hopson scored 14 points to help the No. 9 Volunteers pull away from Wyoming for a 77-58 victory.

The Vols (8-1) struggled to slow down the normally high-scoring Cowboys (5-5) in the first half, but Tennessee defensive pressure and fastbreak offense wore Wyoming down in the second.

Leading by one point at halftime, the Vols ran out to a 57-49 lead with 14:45 to go on a steal and layup by Hopson. The sophomore also punctuated Tennessee's second-half surge with several fastbreak dunks.

Melvin Goins put Tennessee up by double figures for the first time with a three-pointer that made it to 64-53, and the Vols cruised from there.

Afam Muojeke led Wyoming with 15 points and seven rebounds.

* At Texas, Avery Bradley scored a season-high 18 points and had five assists, leading No. 2 Texas to an overpowering, 104-42 victory over Texas-Pan American.

Bradley, who averaged 16.0 points on 13-for-26 shooting in the last two games, led the Longhorns (9-0) offensively, going 8-for-15 from the floor while involving others with his timely passing.

Jordan Hamilton had 15 points for Texas, while Dexter Pittman controlled the low post with 14 points and seven rebounds, Gary Johnson added 12 points and Justin Mason had 10.