Notes & highlights

Parker sets Duke freshman record for double-doubles

January 28, 2014 

Duke Pittsburgh Basketball

Jabari Parker celebrated with the Duke bench in the final seconds of their 80-65 victory over Pitt. Parker had 21 points and 11 rebounds.

KEITH SRAKOCIC — AP

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jabari Parker scored 21 points, reserve guard Andre Dawkins added 20 and No. 17 Duke pulled away from No. 18 Pittsburgh 80-65 on Monday night.

Amile Jefferson chipped in a season-high 14 points for the Blue Devils (17-4, 6-2 ACC), which brought Pitt's hot start in its first Atlantic Coast Conference season to an abrupt halt. Duke made 13 of 25 three-point attempts, including four during a 15-3 run midway through the second half that broke open a tight game.

Lamar Patterson had 14 points for the Panthers (18-3, 6-2) who fell to 12-1 at home when they couldn't keep up with the Blue Devils.

Parker helped Duke fend off some early game jitters before Dawkins poured it on. The senior drilled 6 of 7 3-point attempts to lift the Blue Devils to their fifth straight victory.

The Panthers have strolled through their first month in the ACC, their only setback a four-point loss to fellow Big East refugee Syracuse. They have posted road wins at N.C. State, Georgia Tech and Maryland, but the Blue Devils constituted a significant step up in class.

It's a step Pitt didn't quite look prepared for on a night the Panthers gave up a season-high in points. Parker added 11 rebounds to set a Duke freshman record with his 12th double-double, but it was Dawkins that provided the difference.

Two free throws by Patterson brought Pitt within 52-51 with 9:41 left when the Blue Devils took off.

Dawkins slipped through the lane for a tip-in to get going. Quinn Cook followed with a 3-pointer. Dawkins responded by knocking down a 3 on each of Duke's next three trips down the court, including a 25-foot heave at the shot clock buzzer. The final jumper made it 67-54 with 5:32 left and seemed to take all the life out of a record crowd. Pitt never drew within single digits the rest of the way.

Parker accepted congratulations from his teammates as the final seconds ticked off and the crowd headed out into the bitter cold night, a decisive end to a game that featured eight ties and nine lead changes over the first 25 minutes.

With the student section — some of whom had camped overnight — producing small tremors every time the Blue Devils had the ball in their hands, the Panthers controlled the game's first 10 minutes but missed an opportunity to bury Duke early by missing a handful of shots in the lane. During one sequence Pitt grabbed four offensive rebounds but failed to convert.

Parker didn't let the reprieve go to waste. The versatile forward did a little bit of everything to get the Blue Devils back in it, with a dozen NBA scouts in the front row getting an eyeful. He dunked twice, hit two three-pointers and even put together a nifty up-and-under move that drew two Panthers off their feet before he laid it in.

Around the nation

Georgetown: Jabril Trawick returned Monday after missing five games with a broken jaw. Trawick had started all 14 games and was averaging 7.1 points when he was injured against Providence on Jan. 8.

Bowens sets school record

Tanya Bowens broke Kentucky Christian's women's scoring record when she had a career-high 42 in a win Saturday against Johnson (Tenn.). Bowens, a senior who starred in high school at Lawrence County, has 2,078 career points.

Lexington Herald-Leader is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service