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NCAA Game Summary - Virginia at Duke



(Monday, January 13th)

Final Score: (23) Duke 69, Virginia 65

Durham, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Rasheed Sulaimon broke out of a scoring slump with a season-high 21 points, the last three coming on a go-ahead jumper with 18.8 seconds left that lifted No. 23 Duke to a much-needed 69-65 win over Virginia at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke (13-4, 2-2 ACC) squandered a 13-point lead with eight minutes left, but avoided its first 1-3 start in ACC play since 1995-96 behind late heroics from Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson, who capped a 10-point, 15-rebound night by hitting a pair of game-sealing free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining.

Rodney Hood added 14 points for the Blue Devils, who went 10-for-22 from 3- point range to survive the Cavaliers' late charge and hand Virginia (12-5, 3-1) its first conference loss of the season. Sulaimon hit on 4-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half to lead the Cavaliers' rally, with Joe Harris finishing with 15 points and Justin Anderson netting 12 off the bench.

"To show that kind of heart and to climb back in and have a one-point lead [late], I told the guys, 'Don't hang your head about that,"' said Virginia ` coach Tony Bennett. "That could have gotten away, and they scrapped and fought their way back."

The Blue Devils were seemingly in control when Hood's layup with 7:59 to go staked his team to a 56-43 advantage, but Virginia came storming back over the final 3 1/2 minutes to put the outcome in doubt.

Anderson dropped in six straight points during an 11-0 run that brought the Cavaliers all the way back. With Duke clinging to a three-point edge, Brogdon drove the lane and scored while being fouled by Jabari Parker with 1:25 left, then sank the subsequent free throw to forge a 63-63 tie.

After Sulaimon made 1-of-2 from the line to put the Blue Devils back in front, Brogdon was grabbed in the lane by Tyler Thornton and hit both bonus shots, giving UVA its first lead of the night at 65-64 with 36.5 seconds on the clock.

Jefferson saved Duke's next possession with an offensive board and got the ball out to Sulaimon, whose corner three bounced off the rim and went through to send the Blue Devils ahead again.

"Amile, he played tremendously tonight and he got the biggest rebound of the night," said Sulaimon. "And when he got it I just tried to make myself available. I'm just trying to shoot it with confidence and I'd like to thank God and the basketball gods. They were on our side tonight."

Harris misfired from in close following a wild scrum in the closing seconds, with Jefferson -- a 41 percent free throw shooter on the season -- grabbing the rebound and making both from the line to seal the victory.

"I haven't been shooting as well as I want to from the line, but those two shots weren't my shots -- they were Duke shots," said Jefferson.

Sulaimon scored the first five points of a 13-2 run that enabled Duke to gain some separation midway through the opening half. Jefferson contributed six points during the surge, which he capped with a layup for a 25-12 Blue Devils' lead with 6:21 to go in the period.

Duke furthered the margin soon afterward, with Sulaimon canning another 3- pointer and burying a transition jumper following a Marshall Plumlee rejection on the other end to put the Blue Devils up 30-17 four minutes prior to intermission.

Still down by 13 entering the final two minutes of the half, Virginia seized some momentum with an 8-3 push that cut Duke's advantage to 36-28 at the break. Harris then knocked down a trey to begin the second half, pulling the Cavaliers within five.

Virginia closed the gap to 42-39 on the strength of a 6-0 flurry, but Duke countered with a 12-2 sequence to go up 54-41 just past the midway mark of the second half.

Game Notes

Sulaimon's previous season best of 20 points was set in Duke's season-opening rout of Davidson on Nov. 8. He had averaged just 6.3 points over his last three games ... Virginia was dealt a 16th straight loss at Cameron since its last win at Durham, which came on Jan. 14, 1995 ... Blue Devils guard Andre Dawkins made his 200th career 3-pointer early in the contest, becoming the 13th player in school history to reach the mark ... Duke, coming off Saturday's 72-59 defeat at Clemson, improved to 23-1 in games following a loss since 2009-10.

01/13 23:16:57 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
4th
DET 95
DAL 101
 
4th
BOS 105
ORL 89
 
4th
MIA 66
UTA 79
 
3rd
TOR 68
BRK 64
 
2nd
SAN 45
MEM 52
 
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Final
UNT 78
LANG 65
 
Final
Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
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MSST 55
ARKST 69
 
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
Final
WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
Final
JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
Final
ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
Final
BST 52
JMU 72
 
Final
YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
Final
UMO 71
LONG 60
 
Final
PITT 65
MAN 56
Final
OSU 97
NCAT 55
Final
FSU 93
UNF 77
 
Final
TOL 83
RMU 57
 
Final
CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
Final
DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
UCF 75
DET 70
 
1st OT
UNCW 64
LIB 62
 
2nd
LOYC 64
ABCHRIST 37
 
2nd
MURST 79
ALCOR 46
 
Half
HOU 16
ARKPB 27
 
2nd
NW 52
CMICH 63
 
2nd
WKENT 61
CHIST 50
 
2nd
ODU 42
UGST 50
 
2nd
SMU 50
ILLCH 41
 
2nd
LALAF 102
MLGN 70
 
2nd
TULSA 67
MIZST 63
 
2nd
UWGB 49
MORE 34
 
2nd
NEOM 72
NCOL 54
 
2nd
TTU 73
SCST 30
 
2nd
DEN 58
TAMCC 47
 
Half
STEPH 27
TXST 30
 
2nd
STLU 51
TXPA 47
 
Half
MEM 42
USCU 29
 
2nd
ILLST 50
TENNM 52
 
1st
MSU 23
EMICH 14
 
1st
GRCN 37
INCWORD 31
 
1st
STAN 19
LMU 31
 
1st
BAY 24
NMST 20
 
1st
CIN 16
SDST 20
 
1st
AUB 24
WINT 15
 
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HOW
 
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CPSL
NE
 
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PORT
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CSNO
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Final
NJD 0
OTT 2
2nd Intermission
MIN 1
BOS 2
 
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