MIKE KRZYZEWSKI wanted a test for all his talented freshmen at No. 2 Duke before play starts in the Atlantic Coast Conference

The Blue Devils sure got one from Toledo.

Freshman center Jahlil Okafor scored a season-high 27 points and Duke pulled away to beat the visiting Rockets, 86-69, night.

"We grew up," Krzyzewski said. "Our young guys are obviously very good, but they're not experienced, and you don't win just by being young and good. You've got to get experience."

Quinn Cook added a season-best 20 points and Tyus Jones had 15 for Duke (11-0), playing its first game since Dec. 18.

The Blue Devils raced out to a big early lead, then allowed Toledo to shoot itself back into the game before eventually pulling away.

Okafor was 12 of 15 from the field while reaching the 20-point mark for the fourth time in six games.

"They said they were planning on playing me man-to-man coverage, and the coaches informed me of that, and my teammates prepared me to dominate early," Okafor said.

Julius Brown scored 19 for Toledo (7-5), which erased most of a 14-point deficit by making 13 of 15 shots over a 9 1/2-minute stretch. Brown's three-pointer about 90 seconds into the second half cut Duke's lead to 47-44.

Okafor then reeled off seven straight points to start the decisive 21-9 spurt. His personal run included transition dunks 20 seconds apart and a stickback of Justise Winslow's missed three to put the Blue Devils up, 54-44, with 16 minutes left.

Jones capped the run with a four-point play in which he swished a three through contact from Jonathan Williams, then hit the free throw that followed to make it 68-53 with 9:10 to play.

In another game

* At Texas, freshman Myles Turner scored 16 points in his first career start, and the 11th-ranked Longhorns (11-2) held off Rice, 66-55. Guard Marcus Jackson scored 10 for the Owls (3-8), all in the first half.


* Kentucky (13-0) is the unanimous No. 1 team in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for thhe fourth straight week. Duke, which was idle last week, remained second, followed by Virginia, Wisconsin, Louisville, Villanova, Gonzaga, Arizona, Iowa State and Utah.

* Injured South Carolina freshman forward Shamiek Sheppard has returned to practice after surgery on his injured right ACL and could play this season. Coach Frank Martin said he is ahead of schedule in recovering from surgery after he tore the ligament last summer.