Duke vs. Pittsburgh final score: Jabari Parker goes off, Blue Devils win going away
In a rare ACC game where Duke was the underdog, Coach K's boys made the oddsmakers look foolish with an 80-65 victory.
The No. 18 Pittsburgh Panthers had only lost two games before they hosted the No. 17 Duke Blue Devils on Monday, but the collective strength of schedule in the Panthers' 18 wins was comparable to, well, something that is not very strong. According to Chris Dobbertean's latest bracketology projections at Blogging the Bracket, Pitt only had one win over an NCAA Tournament team before Monday (and that was against Stanford on Nov. 26).
The Panthers had a chance to get a quality win against Duke, and Panthers guard Lamar Patterson made two free throws to bring Pitt within one point at 52-51 with 9:41 to play. But Duke responded with 12 unanswered points, never letting the Panthers back within single figures in an 80-65 win.
Andre Dawkins was the star of Duke's decisive second-half stretch. He scored eight points of Duke's 12-0 run over four minutes, kicking it off with a tip-in off his own miss and later adding two threes. Dawkins finished with 20 points off the bench, hitting 6-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Patterson finished with 14 points on 4-of-14 for Pitt, which shot 41.2 percent. The Blue Devils have now won five games in a row after starting ACC play with a 1-2 record.
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