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 3-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 consecutive victory.
The Panthers have strolled through their first month in the ACC, their only setback a four-point loss to 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.
AP POLL: Arizona and Syracuse are 1-2 for the eighth consecutive week.
The Wildcats (20-0) are again a runaway No. 1, receiving 63 first-place votes Monday. The Orange (19-0) got the other No. 1 votes.
Florida jumped from sixth to third while Wichita State (21-0) moved up one spot to fourth.
COLORADO STATE: Forward Chane Behanan, a key member of Louisville’s national title squad who was dismissed from the team last month for a violation of university policy, has enrolled at the school and will play for the Rams next season.
FLORIDA: Forward Damontre Harris, who was dismissed from the team last month, is back practicing with the third-ranked Gators.
Coach Billy Donovan says Harris is working with the scout team and involved in team activities, but the former South Carolina transfer won’t play or be on the bench this season.