Men's Basketball

College basketball highlights: Duke men beat Gardner-Webb; Transylvania women prevail

Duke's Rodney Hood dunked against Gardner-Webb during the first half. The Blue Devils hadn't played since beating Michigan on Dec. 3, but it didn't seem to slow them down.
Duke's Rodney Hood dunked against Gardner-Webb during the first half. The Blue Devils hadn't played since beating Michigan on Dec. 3, but it didn't seem to slow them down. AP

Freshman Jabari Parker scored 21 points to help No. 8 Duke beat Gardner-Webb 85-66 on Monday night at Durham, N.C.

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 three-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), which shot nearly 63 percent in the opening half before cooling off and finishing at 54 percent for the game.

Duke hadn't played since beating Michigan 79-69 here on Dec. 3 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Former Scott County star Isaiah Ivey had two points and one rebound for Gardner-Webb.

Campbellsville 92, Asbury 81: Campbellsville used a 23-0 run in the final 6 minutes to push past Asbury at Gallatin County High School. Darius Clement finished with a career-high 20 points for CU (4-5), followed by a career-high 16 points from Quin Richardson. CJ Penny led Asbury (7-3) with 26 points.

State women's games

Transylvania 117, Midway 100: The Pioneers opened the Pat Deacon Classic with a win over Midway in the highest combined scoring game Transylvania has been a part of. The Pioneers were led by sophomore guard Katelyn Smith's gamehigh 30 points and junior guard Nicole Coffman's 21 points and eight assists.

Coffman scored her thousandth point to become one of 16 Pioneers to reach that milestone.

Transy led 58-35 at the half, but Midway rallied to within eight points midway through the second half. They would get no closer.

The final score fell four points shy of the 1980 single-game Transylvania scoring record of 121 points.

Union 76, Bellarmine 52: Bellarmine (3-3) appeared to be headed for a strong first-half performance as it jumped out to a quick 11-0 lead, but Union (6-1) responded with a 30-9 run of its own and never relinquished the advantage. Freshman guard Destony Curry led Bellarmine with 11 points. Astrid Huttemann led paced Union with 16 points, four rebounds and five assists.Duke women prep for UK with game against UConn

No. 2 Duke just finished final exams and now the Blue Devils' women's basketball players are preparing for a different kind of test.

No. 1 Connecticut is coming to town.

The Blue Devils (10-0) and Huskies (10-0) meet Tuesday night in the biggest game of the season so far.

Duke Coach Joanne P. McCallie said the matchup means more to women's basketball as a whole than it does to her team, which also has No. 5 Kentucky on the schedule for Saturday.

"I think the 1-2 thing is already doing what it should do — drawing attention to the game," McCallie said Monday. "It's very important that women's basketball continues to grow."

But for her Blue Devils, she added that "this is one game. We've got a lot of games to play. That's it. I'm sorry to disappoint. It's one game, and we've got a whole lot after that, and it's not March or April. It's a chance to test ourselves."

Tests this tough don't come along all the time — especially for a Duke program that can take a huge step forward with a win against a perennial nemesis that has won six straight in the series by an average of nearly 30 points.

Weekly awards

Kentucky freshman guard Linnae Harper was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, marking the third consecutive week in which a Wildcat has earned SEC weekly honors.

Harper averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game, while shooting 80 percent (12 of 15) from the field in two games.

The Chicago native scored a career-high 18 points versus DePaul on 7-for-9 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 from the free throw line.

 Bellarmine junior forward Jake Thelen was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week.

Thelen missed only three shots in in three games.

For the week, he was 21 of 24 (.875) from the field, 10 of 15 from the free-throw line (.667), and averaged 17.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in just 24.3 minutes per game.

 Northern Kentucky junior guard Jordan Jackson was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Newcomer of the Week. Jackson scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds during Northern Kentucky's 87-71 victory over Chattanooga on Sunday and averages a team-leading 13.9 points per game.

 Lindsey Wilson junior D'on Hall is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week. In his only game of the week, Hall scored a career-high 20 points.