Bar­rett bombs lift Duke over Vir­ginia

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

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

Bar­rett hit his first five tries from 3-point range for the Blue Devils (21-2, 9-1 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence). His fifth one gave them a 29-15 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 game drew a sell­out, most fans 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.

Mar­quette gets big win: Markus Howard scored 38 points and No. 10 Mar­quette hung on at the buzzer, edg­ing No. 14 Vil­lanova 66-65 in Mil­wau­kee and hand­ing the de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Wild­cats their first Big East Con­fer­ence loss.

Mar­quette (20-4, 9-2) led by 15 early in the sec­ond half. The Golden Ea­gles took a 66-63 lead on two free throws by Howard with 53 sec­onds left, but Phil Booth an­swered with a floater in the lane.

Jer­maine Sa­muels then stripped Howard on the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion with 14 sec­onds left. Af­ter a time­out, Booth drove but was trapped un­der­neath, and passed the ball back to Sa­muels, who missed an jumper as time ran out.

Booth had 19 points for Vil­lanova (19-5, 10-1), which had won 11 straight.

Clem­son scores up­set: Shel­ton Mitchell scored 22 points with a ca­reer-best five 3-point­ers and Clem­son out­lasted No. 11 Vir­ginia Tech 59-51 for the Tigers’ fourth straight vic­tory.

The vis­it­ing Hok­ies (18-5, 7-4 ACC) made just one field goal in the fi­nal 8:33.

The Tigers im­proved to 15-8 and 5-5 in ACC play.

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