It wasn't a thing of beauty, but Saint Mary's College men's basketball coach Randy Bennett can live with it.

The Gaels equaled the school record for consecutive wins to begin a season with a 59-44 thumping of American University on Thursday night at McKeon Pavilion, but they turned the ball over 18 times and were held to a season-low point total.

"If we can score 59 points and win, then we're doing something right," Bennett said. "That's a sign of a team that knows how to win."

Saint Mary's (9-0) matched the season-opening winning streak of the 1988-89 Gaels team, out-rebounding the Eagles (3-6) from Washington, D.C., 37-19.

Brad Waldow, a 6-foot-9 junior forward, had another well-rounded effort, with a game-high 17 points to go with five rebounds and three assists. Garrett Jackson, a junior transfer from USC and a "beast on the boards," according to Bennett, had a game-high 10 rebounds. Beau Levesque added 10 points.

"The effort was pretty good, but I didn't think we played great," Bennett said. "I don't think they thought they played great, either. It was kind of a grindy game."

Duke 80, UCLA 63: Jabari Parker had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the No. 8 Blue Devils (9-2) used a patient offensive attack to beat the Bruins (9-2) at Madison Square Garden.


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The Blue Devils poked and prodded UCLA's 2-3 zone from the perimeter, making 11 3-pointers in a season-high 32 attempts from beyond the arc. Parker went 4 for 8 from long range while going over 20 points for the ninth time in his 11 college games.

"He's a natural," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "In different sports there are people who are naturals. Jabari is a natural. He can become even better. He embraces the moment."

David Wear led the Bruins with 16 points.

Arizona 69, Southern 43: Aaron Gordon scored 21 points, Nick Johnson added 17 and the Wildcats (12-0) opened their second week at No. 1 with a rout of the visiting Jaguars (3-8). Brandon Ashley had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Arizona.

Women

Saint Mary's 71, USC 55: The Gaels (9-1) closed the game on a 22-9 run to defeat the Women of Troy (5-5) in Los Angeles in the first meeting between the programs. Saint Mary's was led by Kate Gaze with 22 points and Jackie Nared with 21.

Duke 80, Albany 51: Haley Peters scored 17 points to help the No. 2 Blue Devils (11-1) beat the Great Danes (8-2).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.