Three-Point Barrage Buries No. 3 UVa in 81-71 Loss to No. 2 Duke
Duke hit 13 three-pointers, and made 57.8 percent of its shots from the field, as the #2 Blue Devils defeated the #3 Virginia men's basketball team 81-71 on Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia men's basketball team lost to Duke for the second time this season, as the #3 Cavaliers fell 81-71 against the second-ranked Blue Devils on Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena.
Duke is the only team to defeat the Wahoos this season, as UVa lost 72-70 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 16th.
The Blue Devils led wire-to-wire in the victory at JPJ, and they hit 13-of-21 three-pointers against the Pack Line defense (61.9 percent).
The Cavaliers trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, before cutting the deficit to 39-35 at halftime.
RJ Barrett scored a game-high 26 points for Duke, while Zion Williamson added 18.
The Blue Devils made 57.8 percent of their shots from the field (26-of-45), which is the highest percentage against UVa since Washington shot 58 percent on Nov. 22, 2010.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski says, "We were fortunate we won. That's the best we shot from the three-point line. That's a huge difference, and the fast breaks. They're outstanding, and we're really good, too."
"I thought we were a little slow to our closeouts," says UVa head coach Tony Bennett. "We really tried to keep them out of the lame, and jam the lane. We probably over-corrected, in terms of that. You got to read, 'Ok, when is that guy Ok on the ball?' and leave and be there on the catch. I thought there were too many of those where we were staying a little long. They were quicker to the ball. Terrific athletes. Strong-handed. They snatched some out of our hands. Some loose turnovers that led to the breakaways. You can't beat a team like Duke, especially, when they're shooting at that clip."
Junior Kyle Guy adds, "I think they're just a good team, and we did what our principles tell us to do. We did a much better job in the gap, and they didn't get as many driving lanes, but when you hit thirteen three's you're going to be hard to beat."
Guy and Ty Jerome each had 16 points to lead Virginia.
Jerome was in the starting lineup for the 'Hoos, after missing the previous game against NC State with a sore back.
"The shot, the medicine is starting to wear off a little bit," says Jerome. "I haven't thought about Carolina yet. I was just worried about this game. I'll sleep, and tomorrow I'll see how I feel."
UVa (20-2, 8-2 ACC) will be back in action at North Carolina on Monday night.