Number 3 Duke Loses at Virginia

Number 3 Duke Loses at VirginiaNumber 3 Duke Loses at Virginia

A porous defense and an offense that couldn’t find the net cost the Duke Blue Devils a chance to take the No. 1 ranking in the NCAA.

The game began with Duke falling behind 9-0, and they never led in the game.  Seth Curry finished with 28 points, but only 5 of those came in the first half.  Plumlee scored only 10 and was ineffective defending the basket.

Cavaliers’ Joe Harris owned the night, scoring at will. Harris scored a career-high 36 points and Akil Mitchell added 19 points and 12 rebounds, giving Virginia its 16th consecutive victory at home.

The second half began with Curry hitting a 3-pointer.  Mitchell responded by dropping in a 15 footer.  Harris missed a 3-pointer over Plumlee, but went around him for the rebound and laid it in.

That’s the way it went for Duke all night long.  The final was 73-68 and gave the Blue Devils a 24-4, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference record.

Duke faces No. 5 Miami Saturday.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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