Jan 27, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) shoots a three point attempt against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Duke at Pittsburgh final score: Blue Devils cruise to 80-65 win over Panthers

The No. 17 Duke Blue Devils used a big second half to pull away from the No. 18 Pittsburgh Panthers Monday night at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh as they handed the home team their third loss of the year in the 80-65 game.

Duke improved to 17-4, 6-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference on the strength of the three-point shot and four players scoring in double-figures.

Jabari Parker had 16  of his 20 points in the first half for the Blue Devils as Andre Dawkins did the heavy-lifting in the second half with 14 of his 20 coming in the second half.

This was the 12th 20-point game of the year for Parker to set a Duke freshman record. Parker added 11 rebounds to pick up his third consecutive double-double and seventh of the season.

Dawkins and Parker combined for 41 points with Dawkins hitting six of his seven attempts from beyond the arc. Rodney Hood and Amile Jefferson chipped in with 13 and 14 points, respectively.

Duke was 13-25 from three-point range for the game as they picked up their fifth win in a row in a game where their defense was the best its looked all season.

Pittsburgh looks to get back in the win column when it hosts the Virginia Cavaliers on Jan. 2.

The Blue Devils are at the Syracuse Orange on Saturday in a meeting between the two winningest coaches in NCAA history in a showdown between Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim. They are the only two coaches to win more than 900 games at one school.

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