Duke tops Vir­ginia

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

RJ Bar­rett scored 26 points, Zion Williamson had 18 and Cam Red­dish added 17 as No. 2 Duke used an early bar­rage of three-point­ers to stun No. 3 Vir­ginia and then held off the Cava­liers 81-71 on Satur­day night.

NO. 2 DUKE 81, NO. 3 VIR­GINIA 71

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — RJ Bar­rett scored 26 points, Zion Williamson had 18 and No. 2 Duke used an early bar­rage of three-point­ers to stun No. 3 Vir­ginia and then held off the Cava­liers, 81-71, on Satur­day night.

Bar­rett hit his first five tries from three-point range for the Blue Devils (21-2, 9-1 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence). His fifth one gave them a 2915 lead af­ter less than 12 min­utes of play. Cam Red­dish took over af­ter that, hit­ting 5 of his first 6, the last three early in the sec­ond half as the Blue Devils re­built their lead to 52-41. He fin­ished with 17 points.

Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome each scored 16 to lead Vir­ginia (20-2, 8-2), which had a 13-game home win­ning streak snapped. The Cava­liers lost to the Blue Devils at John Paul Jones Arena for the third con­sec­u­tive time.

The game drew a sell­out crowd, most hop­ing Vir­ginia could avenge a 72-70 loss at Duke on Jan. 19, but it was the Blue Devils who put on a show in front of LeBron James and past stars from both schools.

Duke scored the first eight points on two three-point­ers by Bar­rett sand­wich­ing a steal and dunk by Williamson. The lead was 31-17 be­fore two three-point­ers by Guy, one by Jerome and an­other by Ki­hei Clark, which fu­eled an 18-8 run for Vir­ginia that closed the gap to 39-35 at the half.

Af­ter a break, it was Red­dish who took over from long range, con­nect­ing three times as the Blue Devils pushed the mar­gin to 52-41 in just over four min­utes.

Vir­ginia kept try­ing to close the gap, and got within 66-61 on De’An­dre Hunter’s three-pointer with 5:25 left, but Mar­ques Bolden scored in close for the Blue Devils, Williamson scored on a stick­back and Tre Jones hit a pullup in the lane, boost­ing the mar­gin back to 72-61.

Williamson is the player that ev­ery­one seems to fo­cus on in pregame warmups be­cause of his phys­i­cal gifts, but it’s Bar­rett that leads the Blue Devils in scor­ing (23 points per game to Williamson’s 22 en­ter­ing the game). When Bar­rett and Red­dish shoot as well as they did Satur­day, Williamson can be a part­time de­coy who still man­ages to do plenty of dam­age.

In other Top 25 men’s games Satur­day, Bran­don Clarke scored 24 points and blocked 3 shots as No. 4 Gonzaga routed Saint Mary’s 94-46 for its 14th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. … Trey Porter had 20 points and 9 re­bounds as No. 6 Nevada avenged its only loss of the sea­son in a dom­i­nat­ing vic­tory over New Mex­ico. … Jon Teske had 17 points and 12 re­bounds, hold­ing his own in­side against Ethan Happ, and Charles Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points in the sec­ond half to lift No. 7 Michi­gan over No. 19 Wis­con­sin 61-52. … Kenny Wil­liams hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 2:08 left in over­time to help No. 8 North Carolina hold off Mi­ami 88-85. … Nick Ward had 22 points and Matt McQuaid scored a sea­son-high 18, lead­ing No. 9 Michi­gan State past Min­nesota 79-55. … Markus Howard scored 38 points and No. 10 Mar­quette hung on at the buzzer, edg­ing No. 14 Vil­lanova 66-65 and hand­ing the Wild­cats their first Big East Con­fer­ence loss. … Shel­ton Mitchell scored 22 points with a ca­reer-best 5 three-point­ers and Clem­son out­lasted No. 11 Vir­ginia Tech 59-51 for the Tigers’ fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. … Dedric Law­son scored 25 points, Ochai Ag­baji hit 5 threes and had 23 points, and No. 13 Kan­sas shrugged off a slow start to beat Ok­la­homa State 84-72. … Carsen Ed­wards scored 27 points and Grady Eifert added a sea­son-high 16 as No. 15 Pur­due re­bounded from a lack­lus­ter first half to pull away for an 81-62 vic­tory over Ne­braska . ... Mfiondu Kaben­gele scored 22 points and No. 22 Florida State erased a 10-point sec­ond-half deficit to force over­time, then knocked off No. 16 Louisville 80-75. … Ken­dric Davis scored a sea­son-high 22 points, and TCU stunned No. 17 Iowa State 92-83 for its first road vic­tory over a Top 25 team in 21 years. … Da­vide Moretti scored 14 points to help No. 18 Texas Tech roll past Ok­la­homa 66-54. … Jeremy Har­ris had 19 points, 8 re­bounds and 6 as­sists, and No. 23 Buf­falo ral­lied to beat Cen­tral Michi­gan 90-76.

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