Jabari Parker led the No. 8 Duke Blue Devils with 21 points and six rebounds, and Duke rolled to an 85-66 win over the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs on Monday in the Blue Devils' first game in nearly two weeks.
Final exams at Duke kept the Blue Devils off the court, but they weren't a bit slow to start because of the long layoff between their last game — a 79-69 win over the Michigan Wolverines on Dec. 3 — and Monday. Duke scored 53 points in the first half, outgunning the Bulldogs, who shot an efficient 54 percent from the field but couldn't keep up.
Duke outrebounded Gardner-Webb 37-22 and was especially bullish on the defensive glass; the Blue Devils had 22 defensive rebounds to Gardner-Webb's six offensive boards.
The Blue Devils return to action Thursday at Madison Square Garden against the UCLA Bruins. The game airs on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET.