Andre Dawkins scored a career-high 28 points in his first start to lead top-ranked Duke to 83-48 victory over the Braves while sending head coach Mike Krzyzewski into third place on the all-time wins list with 877.
Dawkins, who was rarely used as a freshman a season ago, knocked down eight three pointers on 14 attempts while playing a career and team high 31 minutes while providing the Duke offense one of its lone bright spots in an opening half that saw the offense struggle to adapt to the loss of Irving.
Perhaps no player's exemplified the team's offensive woes more than senior Nolan Smith. The 6'2 scoring guard who has excelled off the ball for three of his four seasons in Durham, struggled to find his range and place as the team's point guard and finished with just two points on 0-of-8 shooting from the field.
Despite his shooting woes, Smith did hand out a career high 10 assists in 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, classmate Kyle Singler rebounded from a 2-of-6 first half to make three of four shots after half-time including a pair of long three pointers as part of the team's 9-of-11 perimeter shooting clinic after halftime that pushed a 14 point advantage to more than 30.
Singler finished with 17 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
The addition of Dawkins to the starting lineup wasn't the only change for Kryzewski's team. Junior big man Miles Plumlee made his second start of the season and responded by making all seven of his field goal attempts to finish with 14 points and four rebounds.
The Blue Devils return to action on Saturday against St. Louis in Cameron Indoor Stadium .