DURHAM, N.C. — Duke's shooting cooled as the game wore on while its defense had trouble consistently slowing Gardner-Webb's hot shooting.
Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski said it was an okay performance for a team coming off such a long break.
Freshman Jabari Parker scored 21 to help No. 8 Duke beat Gardner-Webb 85-66 on Monday night in its first game in nearly two weeks.
Andre Dawkins had a season-high 18 points for the Blue Devils (8-2) in their first game since they beat Michigan on Dec. 3 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
That break, which included final exams, came after a tough stretch of four games in 10 days that included a loss to top-ranked Arizona in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship and a one-point home win over Vermont just before Thanksgiving.
"You don't stop playing for two weeks and not have some slippage," Krzyzewski said. "But overall I was pleased with our team."
Duke won't have to wait nearly as long to get back on the court. It faces UCLA on Thursday in New York in its last game before the Christmas holiday.
Duke had its good and bad moments in this one but led by a comfortable margin all game.
ECKERD 70, DOMINICAN (N.Y.) 67: Alex Bodney had 17 points and Malcolm Brunner 13 points and 14 rebounds for the host Tritons (4-3).
NO. 10 UCONN: Redshirt freshman guard Rodney Purvis, who is sitting out this season after transferring from North Carolina State, plans to have surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
AP POLL: Arizona remained the runaway No. 1 in a week in which no schools dropped out of the poll. Florida moved up three spots to No. 16.
NO. 24 FSU 61, N. FLORIDA 42: Ivey Slaughter had a career-high 19 points and added 11 rebounds to lead the host Seminoles (9-1), who held the Ospreys scoreless for more than five minutes to start the game.
TAMPA 69, S'EASTERN 40: Taylor McVey had 14 points and eight rebounds as the host Spartans (6-2) won their third straight game.
NO. 6 STANFORD 75, NEW MEXICO 41: Chiney Ogwumike scored 24 of her 32 in the first half, and the host Cardinal (9-1) won its eighth straight game.
NO. 15 UNC 124, NEW ORLEANS 41: Allisha Gray and Diamond DeShields scored 20 each for the Tar Heels (9-2), who set a school record for points in an annual holiday tournament at the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Convention Center.
NO. 23 GONZAGA 87, UC RIVERSIDE 43: Sonja Greinacher tied her career high with 21 points as the Bulldogs (9-2) improved to 7-0 at home.
NO. 25 SYRACUSE 82, TEMPLE 76: Brittney Sykes scored 11 of her 20 in the second half as the host Orange (9-1) pulled away.
AP POLL: Florida State moved in at No. 24, replacing Texas A&M. UConn remained the unanimous No. 1 with a showdown against second-ranked Duke looming tonight.