Durham, NC (WWBT)- Eighth-ranked Duke entered Thursday night's game against 16th ranked Virginia averaging 82 points per game. The Cavaliers were able to keep the Blue Devils to 61, but it still was not enough to keep a winning streak going this season, or snap a long losing streak in Durham.
Mike Scott scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down nine rebounds, but it was not enough as Duke held on for the 61-58 win. The two teams battled back and forth in the first half, with the Wahoos going into halftime with the 32-28 advantage. Scott scored 16 points in the opening frame. The second half would see the Blue Devils open up a lead, but UVa chipped away and pulled to within three in the final seconds. With 13 seconds to play, the Cavs got a rebound off a Duke miss and drove down the floor. Scott took a three-point attempt that was off the mark, but the rebound went out to Jontel Evans on the wing. His three-point attempt rattled in and out as the buzzer sounded.
The loss snaps Virginia's 12 game winning streak, and extends its losing streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium to 15 games. This contest, however, marked the only one of that 15 game span in which the deficit was single digits. Duke shot 60 percent from the floor during the second half, while Virginia shot just 29 percent.
The Wahoos fall to 14-2 on the season, 1-1 in the ACC, and will travel to Georgia Tech next Thursday.