Patient Duke pulls away from UCLA

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NEW YORK — Jabari Parker had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 8 Duke used a patient offensive attack to beat UCLA 80-63 on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Duke's Jabari Parker puts up a shot against UCLA's Travis Wear during the first half. The freshman star recorded a double-double as the No. 8 Blue Devils defeated the Bruins.  JASON DECROW/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JASON DECROW/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Duke's Jabari Parker puts up a shot against UCLA's Travis Wear during the first half. The freshman star recorded a double-double as the No. 8 Blue Devils defeated the Bruins.

The Blue Devils (9-2) poked and prodded UCLA’s 2-3 zone from the perimeter, making 11 3-pointers in a season-high 32 attempts from beyond the arc. Parker went 4 for 8 from long range while going over 20 points for the ninth time in his 11 college games.

Rodney Hood and Quinn Cook both had 14 points for the Blue Devils.

David Wear led the Bruins (9-2) with 16 points and Kyle Anderson had 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. He entered the game averaging 13.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists.

UCLA’s zone kept the Bruins in the game. Wear’s 3-pointer, one of his four for the game in as many attempts, tied it at 43 with 17:58 to play.

Duke suddenly began to connect from outside with consistency and Hood hit two 3s and Parker added another in a 16-4 run that put the Blue Devils up 61-49 with 11:33 to go.

The Bruins twice got within eight points, but they got no closer.

MIAMI 68, SAVANNAH STATE 51

In Savannah, Ga., Donnavan Kirk scored 15 points to go with nine rebounds and three blocks to lead Miami (6-5) over Savannah State (2-10).

Kirk had a block for the 11th consecutive game and has 24 for the season. Rion Brown, who was born in Savannah and played high school at nearby Hinesville, Ga., scored six consecutive points to give Miami a 55-33 lead with 10:50 to play. Savannah State answered with a 10-0 run but could not get any closer.

Brown finished with 13 points and five assists. Garrius Adams scored 12 points, and Manu Lecomte added 10 for the Hurricanes.

ARKANSAS 102, TENNESSEE-MARTIN 56

In Fayetteville, Ark., freshman Moses Kingsley posted career highs of 12 points and 12 rebounds as Arkansas (8-2) returned from a week layoff with a convincing win over Tennessee-Martin (5-9).

The margin of victory matched the largest of the season for the Razorbacks, who have now won 21 consecutive home games.

Bobby Portis and Coty Clarke added 15 points each for Arkansas, which shot 60.9 percent and had five players score in double figures.


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