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Parker, Hood lead No. 4 Duke past Davidson 111-77

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Duke's Jabari Parker (1) celebrates with teammate Rasheed Sulaimon (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker) Duke's Jabari Parker (1) celebrates with teammate Rasheed Sulaimon (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
DURHAM, N.C. -

Jabari Parker scored 22 points in his debut for No. 4 Duke, and the Blue Devils routed Davidson 111-77 in their opener Friday night.
    
Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood added 22 points in his first game with the Blue Devils.
    
The Atlantic Coast Conference favorites shot 70.4 percent - just the sixth time in school history that Duke was better than 70 percent for a game.
    
They effectively ended this one after a first half in which they shot 71 percent, held the Wildcats to one offensive rebound and scored 59 points - more than they had in any half in 2012-13.
    
Quinn Cook had 21 points, Rasheed Sulaimon added 20 and Amile Jefferson finished with 10 in Duke's highest-scoring opener since rolling up 121 points on North Carolina Central in 2007.
    
Southern Conference preseason player of the year De'Mon Brooks led Davidson with 24 points.
    
Tom Droney added 16 points for the Wildcats, who have lost 13 of 14 against Top 25 opponents.
    
This one really got out of hand after a media timeout midway through the first half, when the Blue Devils outscored Davidson 20-6 out of that break while making a dedicated effort to drive the lane and draw contact.
    
Sulaimon and Parker hit 3-pointers roughly 45 seconds apart midway through the burst. Sulaimon connected again from long range with 7 minutes left to put Duke up by 20 for the first time, 41-21.
    
By that point, the Blue Devils were well on their way to their 102nd straight nonconference win at Cameron Indoor Stadium - a streak that doesn't figure to be seriously tested until No. 7 Michigan visits on Dec. 3.
    
Duke averaged 92 points in two exhibition wins, overhauling its style of play after 55 percent of its scoring departed last spring when Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly wrapped up their stellar careers.
    
With a roster stocked with talented, interchangeable players - four members of the rotation are either 6-foot-8 or 6-9 - the Blue Devils went back to the baseline-to-baseline style that was the trademark of the Carlos Boozer and Shane Battier-led teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
    
From Day 1 of practice, coach Mike Krzyzewski said Parker and Hood would be the focal points of this team.
    
And after their Duke debuts, it's easy to see why.
    
Parker and Hood were a combined 11 of 12 in the first half - and 4 of 4 from 3-point range - with 29 points, 10 rebounds and one turnover.
    
Parker, the ACC's preseason rookie of the year, became the fifth freshman under Krzyzewski to score at least 20 in his debut - and put on a show almost from the opening tip.
    
During the first 2 minutes of his college career, he knocked down a jumper, grabbed two defensive rebounds, fed Jefferson for the reverse layup that put Duke ahead to stay, then nailed an open 3 from the right corner that sent the Cameron Crazies into delirium.
    
Parker's 3 after a pretty jab step from the key made it 31-17, forced Davidson into a timeout and drew the entire Duke bench onto the floor for an embrace.

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