Barrett bombs lift Duke over Virginia
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.