Duke tops U.Va.

No. 2 Blue Devils win by 10 against 3rd-ranked Cava­liers

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - MARK GORMUS/TIMES-DISPATCH

CHAR­LOTTESVILLE — Vir­ginia made sure its nor­mally air­tight de­fense of the paint had no leaks Satur­day against Duke.

The prob­lem was, the No. 2 Blue Devils got flow­ing from the out­side.

Fresh­man R.J. Bar­rett scored 26 points, hit­ting six of Duke’s 13 3-point­ers as it downed No. 3 Vir­ginia 81-71 on Satur­day night.

“We re­ally tried to keep them out of the lane and jam the lane,” U.Va. coach Tony Ben­nett said. “We prob­a­bly over­cor­rected in terms of that.”

Three weeks after play­ing a 2-point game in Durham, N.C., the two ACC pow­er­houses met again, in front of a packed house at John Paul Jones Arena, a crowd that in­cluded LeBron James, Ralph Samp­son and Trin­ity Epis­co­pal four-star for­ward Henry Cole­man III.

They saw Duke’s fresh­men star again, but this time, it was more on the perime­ter than driv­ing to the rim.

Zion Wil­liamson scored 18 points and Cam Red­dish added 17, go­ing 5 for 8 from 3-point range, as Duke scored the most points against Vir­ginia of any op­po­nent this sea­son.

Blue Devils fresh­man point guard Tre Jones, who missed the first game against Vir­ginia, played in this one, as did U.Va. ju­nior guard Ty Jerome, who sat out the Cava­liers’ last con­test against Mi­ami with a back in­jury.

Jerome led Vir­ginia (202, 8-2 ACC) with 16 points and four as­sists. Ju­nior

guard Kyle Guy also scored 16 points and sopho­more wing De’An­dre Hunter scored 11.

It wasn’t enough for Duke to hang a sec­ond loss on the Cava­liers, the team’s only two de­feats this sea­son.

After prac­tic­ing on and off all week, Jerome said he didn’t know if he’d play against Duke un­til late in the week.

“I didn’t for sure un­til about Thurs­day that I was go­ing to play,” Jerome said. “I prac­ticed pretty much the whole time Fri­day and I felt all right.”

Jones, who missed two games with a shoul­der in­jury last month, fin­ished with 13 points, seven as­sists and five re­bounds for the Blue Devils (21-2, 9-1).

Un­like the ear­lier meet­ing, when the two teams com­bined to hit just five shots from 3-point range, both found suc­cess from dis­tance Satur­day, es­pe­cially the Blue Devils.

Dur­ing the week, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski scoffed at a ques­tion sug­gest­ing his team’s less-than-stel­lar 3-point shoot­ing statis­tics were a po­ten­tial chink in his team’s ar­mor.

Satur­day, his play­ers showed why col­lege bas­ket­ball’s all-time win­ningest

coach was right not to be wor­ried, tak­ing ad­van­tage of U.Va.’s fo­cus on pack­ing the paint.

“We did a much bet­ter job in the gap. They didn’t get as much driv­ing lanes,” Guy said. “But, when you get 13 3s, you’re go­ing to be hard to beat.”

The Blue Devils, who came in shoot­ing just 30.8 per­cent from be­yond the arc, went 13 for 21 from 3-point range, and they did it against the top 3-point de­fense team in the ACC.

“When we moved the ball, we got them to move a lit­tle bit and some­times we got some open shots,” Krzyzewski said. “When we didn’t, they forced us into 15 turnovers, which they do. We did enough to win.”

The Blue Devils came out hot, go­ing up 8-0 just 2:19 into the game. They hit seven of their first eight shots from 3-point range, be­ing paced by Bar­rett.

“You could see right away, he was lath­ered up,” Krzyzewski said. “He got us off to such a good start.”

Duke had built a dou­bledigit lead be­fore James, the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers star, even took his front-row seat on the base­line.

But Guy, held score­less through the first half, scored 8 points in the fi­nal 2:33 of the pe­riod, help­ing lead U.Va. to an 8-3 spurt that cut the deficit at the break 39-35.

Duke be­gan to pull away in the sec­ond half, but a 3-pointer from the wing that rat­tled in for Jerome trimmed the Cava­liers’ deficit to 59-52.

Hunter hit a 3-pointer to cut Duke’s lead to 66-61 with 5:25 to go, but that would be as close as Vir­ginia would get in the re­match.

If the teams play again, it would be in the ACC or NCAA tour­na­ment.

Duke’s Javin DeLau­rier grabs a pass in­tended for U.Va.’s Jack Salt as LeBron James (left, red sweat­shirt) and Ra­jon Rondo (to James’ right) watch.

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U.Va.’s Brax­ton Key gets to the ball be­fore Duke’s Zion Wil­liamson (1), Tre Jones (3) and Javin DeLau­rier at John Paul Jones Arena.

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