DURHAM, N.C. — Andre Dawkins scored a career-high 28 points in his first start to help top-ranked Duke beat Bradley 83-48 on Wednesday night, moving coach Mike Krzyzewski into sole possession of third place on the all-time wins list.
The sophomore hit eight 3-pointers for the Blue Devils (9-0) in place of star freshman point guard Kyrie Irving, who is out indefinitely with a toe injury on his right foot. Kyle Singler added 17 points as Duke shook off a cold-shooting first half and blew the game open with a flurry of 3s after halftime for its 19th straight win.
It was Krzyzewski's 877th victory, moving him out of a tie with Kentucky's Adolph Rupp and putting him just two behind North Carolina's Dean Smith for second place behind Bobby Knight's 902 wins. The Hall of Famer could tie his former longtime rival at home against Elon on Dec. 20, then pass Smith when the Blue Devils face UNC Greensboro on Dec. 29 in the Greensboro Coliseum.
Walt Lemon Jr. scored 14 points for the Braves (4-5), who have lost five straight.
No. 3 PITTSBURGH 70, DELAWARE ST. 42: At Pittsburgh, reserve Dante Taylor scored a career-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.
Pitt (10-0) has won 10 consecutive games to start the season for the seventh time in the past eight seasons. The Panthers have won 45 of their past 46 home games and are 82-1 against non-conference opponents at Petersen Events Center.
No. 6 CONNECTICUT 78, FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 54: At Storrs, Conn., Kemba Walker, who came in leading the nation in scoring at over 29 points a game, had 21 points to lead four UConn players in double figures.
No. 12 VILLANOVA 65, PENN 53: At Philadelphia, senior guard Corey Stokes scored a career-high 34 points, including seven in a key second-half stretch, for Villanova.
The Wildcats (8-1) were held to a season-low point total but recorded their eighth straight victory over the Quakers.
No. 15 MISSOURI 85, VANDERBILT 82 (OT): At Columbia, Mo., Marcus Denmon made a clinching three-point play off his steal with 5.8 seconds to go for Missouri.
Denmon scored all but two of his 21 points after halftime for the Tigers (7-1), who won their 51st consecutive home game against non-conference opponents. Michael Dixon had 15 points and Ricardo Ratliffe had 14 points and nine rebounds.
John Jenkins had 23 points and five 3-pointers for Vanderbilt (7-2), which had won five straight.
No. 16 ILLINOIS 74, OAKLAND 63: At Champaign, Ill., Demetri McCamey scored 29 points to lead Illinois' comeback in a sloppy game whose first seven-plus minutes were played with an undersized women's basketball.
No. 17 KENTUCKY 72, No. 23 NOTRE DAME 58: At Louisville, Ky., Terrence Jones scored 27 points and Kentucky avoided its first losing streak under coach John Calipari. The freshman forward made 9-of-18 shots — including a huge 3-pointer with just over 2 minutes left — grabbed 17 rebounds and added some late free throws for Kentucky (6-2).
Ben Hansbrough led the Fighting Irish (8-1) with 21 points but scored just two in the second half.
No. 22 MINNESOTA 83, SAINT JOSEPH'S 73: At Philadelphia, Devoe Joseph scored 19 points, including a 3-pointer to start a key second-half stretch, for Minnesota.
Blake Hoffarber added 14 points for the Gophers (8-1), who were playing their first road game in the United States. Minnesota's only other games off campus were in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
No. 24 LOUISVILLE 61, SAN FRANCISCO 35: At Louisville, Ky., Peyton Siva and Terrence Jennings both scored 14 points to lead Louisville's balanced offense.
The Cardinals (7-0) led 25-24 at halftime against the undermanned Dons (3-5) before holding them to five field goals in the second half.