CHARLOTTESVILLE — The regulation for violence Duke, many believe, starts with fortifying star beginner core Jahlil Okafor. Contain him, and Virginia’s chances to kick a No. 4 Blue Devils on Saturday would be exponentially improved.
The second-ranked Cavaliers did usually that, and for many of a diversion they seemed staid to extend their season-opening winning strain to 20. But No. 4 Duke got a lift from a guards late, rallying from a double-digit necessity in a second half to palm Virginia a initial loss, 69-63, during John Paul Jones Arena.
“He was a categorical importance a whole time,” comparison brazen Darion Atkins pronounced of Okafor. “I feel like we emphasized him so most that we forgot about everybody else and other guys got going.”
Duke (19-3, 5-3 ACC) trailed by 11 in a second half though scored 22 of a game’s final 29 points over a final 5 minutes. The exclamation points came from comparison ensure Quinn Cook, whose three-pointer gave a Blue Devils a 66-63 lead with 1 notation 20 seconds left, and beginner indicate ensure Tyus Jones, whose three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining accounted for a final domain and a Cavaliers’ initial detriment of a season.
The better also halted Virginia’s 21-game home winning streak.
“We wanted to win that,” Virginia Coach Tony Bennett said. “I’m undone right now given we felt like it was in a grasp. We had it to take home, and we couldn’t finish.”
The Cavs led by 11 with underneath 10 mins remaining, carrying recovered from an uncharacteristic initial half in that they authorised 10 points in transition after usually carrying authorised 31 all season.
“We really felt good,” Atkins said. “We had a momentum. We were attack good shots, afterwards for whatever reason, we let a lead get divided from us.”
Back-to-back baskets from Okafor cut Virginia’s lead to 4 with 7 mins left in a game. Duke ensure Matt Jones converted a layup that done it a two-point diversion and left his teammates clapping as they felt a movement pitch in their favor.
Virginia indicate ensure London Perrantes done a three-pointer to revive a Cavaliers’ lead to 5 with 6 mins left in a game, though Duke continued to chip divided during a Cavaliers’ corner until a layup from beginner Justise Winslow with reduction than dual mins left in a diversion tied it and set a theatre for a Duke guards’ heroics.
Cook, a former All-Met Player of a Year from DeMatha, had 15 points, and Tyus Jones had a team-high 17. Okafor, a inhabitant actor of a year claimant and expected No. 1 altogether breeze pick, was hold to 10 points and 9 rebounds.
“That pursuit was good,” Bennett pronounced of fortifying Okafor. “But substantially not a good adequate pursuit on a other guys.”
Indeed, a Cavaliers came in holding opponents to usually a 34.1 margin idea percentage, though Duke cracked that symbol by sharpened 50.9 percent (28 for 55).
Earlier, fans cheered as they watched highlights of a Cavaliers’ win over Duke in final year’s Atlantic Coast Conference contest championship game, when Virginia won a initial discussion pretension given 1976. They roared when analysts picked Virginia to kick Duke on ESPN’s College GameDay.
But they left stunned, filing out of a locus before a rope could play a alma mater as a players exited a justice with grimaces.
“There really is vigour that comes with being undefeated,” pronounced Malcolm Brogdon, who finished with 17 points. “You wish to win. You wish to keep it going.”