NEW YORK -- The 16th matchup between Duke and UCLA on Thursday night was billed as a showdown featuring two of the highest scoring teams in the country. It turned out to be one-sided affair with a combined 23 turnovers. No. 8 Duke (9-2) used its perimeter game to turn back UCLA (9-2) 80-63 at the Car Quest Auto Parts Classic at Madison Square Garden. The Blue Devils lead the series 10-6. UCLA entered the game averaging 89.1 points but was held to its lowest output of the season. Duke, averaging 86 points, received 23 points from freshman sensation Jabari Parker and 14 points from forward Rodney Hood. Sophomore point forward Kyle Anderson led UCLA with 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Normally a team that likes to run in transition, Duke converted 11-of-32 3-point shots. The Blue Devils used a 15-4 burst, snapping a 45-45 tie, to move ahead 60-49 with 12:11 left. Hood nailed two 3-pointers and Parker drained one trey during the run. UCLA's last lead of the game was 43-42 with 18:08 to play. The Blue Devils opened the game with an 18-8 run, but UCLA battled back to take a 32-26 lead with 5:10 left in the first half. Amile Jefferson's layup for Duke tied the score at 37 with 28 seconds remaining in the half. The lead changed hands four times before intermission. Anderson had seven points, six rebounds and five assists in the first half. NOTES: Duke F Jabari Parker and F Rodney Hood are the top scoring duo in the ACC and fifth in the NCAA at 40.9 points per game. ... Duke and UCLA have combined for 15 NCAA titles. The programs have a combined 3,771 wins and a .700 winning percentage. ... Duke played in its 222d straight game as a top 10 team in the AP poll. ... UCLA is third in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 89.1 points. ... UCLA sophomore F Kyle Anderson is the only Division I player in the country averaging at least 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists per game.
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