CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Joe Harris have only obtained a career-high 36 points, fundamentally 50 % of his / her team's whole in a very 73-68 success versus No. three or more Duke, and the jr . guard seemed to be discussing ''a group effort'' plus just how this Cavaliers played ''sound defense.''
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''I imagine you might point out that,'' they ultimately allowed.
Duke private coach Mike Krzyzewski had not been pretty seeing that unlikely that will number on the praise.
''Harris ended up being fantastic, which in turn we all suspected this individual could be. He's just one of the most effective players from the country,'' Krzyzewski said. ''When there is a guy enjoying at that degree . the item makes most people up. You know you might be actively playing which includes a stud.''
Harris as well as Akil Mitchell , exactly who had 19 things along with twelve month period rebounds, merged for fifty-five connected with the actual Cavaliers' items as they definitely celebrated the particular 11-year loved-one's birthday with their continue triumph more than a new top rated your five staff by doing the item all over again about Thursday night.
When Virginia's 16th consecutive house victory seemed to be finished, admirers stormed the court.
''It's just great,'' older stage guard Jontel Evans said. ''They're important we all choose thus challenging any time we live here. We give down their energy. They've already been great. They've simply just been recently fabulous this particular year. I've under no circumstances found service like this.''
Virginia (20-8, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat No. 3 Duke 87-84 eleven many years ago, their past best 5 various victory.
This time, Duke certainly not led.
''That's incredible appropriate there, that they never directed in the game,'' Evans said.
Curry directed Duke having twenty-eight points, most of but five on its way immediately after halftime, along with Quinn Cook had 22, even so the Blue Devils (24-4, 11-4) still did not lessen the pace of possibly Harris or Mitchell, whose ruling play retained a sellout crowd giddy all night.
Plumlee complete along with twelve points, seven rebounds as well as three turnovers and lots of occasions looked as much as find Mitchell dunking through him.
Virginia outrebounded Duke 36-26, plus presented that Blue Devils for you to 39.6 percent taking pictures (21 with 53).
''It appeared to be some sort of very, quite physical game along with we have been certainly not outfitted to that particular form of game. We received pulled back,'' Krzyzewski said.
In the next half, Harris and also Mitchell scored Virginia's first of sixteen points because Cavaliers built a 64-50 guide with 3:23 eventually left before shutting the actual triumph with the cost-free throw line.
Virginia led 28-23 with halftime. Curry struck a 3-pointer to start out the next half but Mitchell respondetidzu snt hid HSD TI FIGd having a 15-footer, Harris skipped your 3-pointer more than Plumlee, but went all around the pup for any rebound and also laid that in. As the Blue Devils were being not well-known half a dozen consecutive shots, Mitchell click a couple of totally free throws, in addition to whenever Rasheed Sulaimon fouled Harris while in the act regarding shooting, this individual drew a practical strong intended for arguing. Harris designed most some shots, finishing away from a 10-0 run hard that will made it 38-26.
When Virginia added in a 7-2 first set of a shorter later, the actual head has been 49-35 having 8:15 still left Jnd John Paul Jones Arena had been roaring.
The Blue Devils, that may have also been wanting ahead to a matchup by using No. a few Miami on Saturday, never got closer in comparison with nine factors until one more minute, as soon as Virginia manufactured 3 connected with 4 zero cost throws to support on.
The victory was huge to get that Cavaliers, who ended up in need of a marquee success to further improve their NCAA tournament situation credentials. They bought that using a speedy start out along with a stifling defensive effort. And that Cavaliers did that despite making only three 3-pointers, more than three underneath their average, simply by pounding that ball inside. Virginia scored 34 things inside, Duke simply just 22.
With its first sellout since North Carolina been to previous season, the Cavaliers speedily delivered the actual masses into the video game by way of scoring the very first eleven details on their particular way to a 15-4 head following 6 1/2 minutes.
The lead have got to 18-6 on a three-point enjoy by means of Harris prior to Duke settled straight down offensively.
Curry hit two free throws to get his very first points midway through the half, sparking a 15-4 burst open for your Blue Devils that obtained all of them within 22-21 by using 4:26 that will play. Curry accomplished the item having a 3-pointer, hit exclusively field goal in the half. Duke's only factors others in the industry of your 1 / 2 came on Plumlee's lone discipline intention of the half.
Jontel Evans grab and also layup gave Virginia your 24-21 lead, as well as has been Virginia's very first domain goal have scored by way of any person but Harris in greater than eleven minutes. Baskets by means of Harris and also Mitchell manufactured the item 28-23 for the half.