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Duke upsets No. 7 Virginia 66-65 for 3rd straight ACC win

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Published: Feb. 20, 2021 at 10:44 PM EST
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Jaemyn Brakefield scored the go-ahead basket on a reverse layup with 1:58 left and Duke came up with a final-possession stop and upset No. 7 Virginia 66-65 on Saturday night.

Matthew Hurt scored 22 points to lead the Blue Devils (10-8, 8-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who claimed a much-needed third straight win to improve their uncertain chances of making the NCAA Tournament.

Brakefield’s scoring drive, while drawing a foul on Jay Huff, finally got Duke a slim lead. Freshman DJ Steward had a chance to increase the margin, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free-throw opportunity with 9.6 seconds left.

Huff got the rebound and got the ball to Kihei Clark, who bobbled the dribble at the other end to lose time and had to force up an off-balance 3-point attempt over Hurt to beat the clock. The ball was well short, with Huff catching the airball and stuffing it in well past the final horn.

Huff finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers (15-5, 11-3), who followed a blowout loss at No. 16 Florida State with a second loss this week in yet another close matchup with the Blue Devils.

It was the fifth time in seven meetings between the teams that the game was decided by one or two points.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers were coming off Monday’s 81-60 loss to the Seminoles, marking their most lopsided ACC defeat in four years. They shot 60% in the first half, but just 41% after the break on Saturday, going the final 3:48 without a basket to finish with back-to-back losses for the first time this season.

Duke: The Blue Devils are at risk of missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995. They had lost six of eight at one point, but followed with two straight road wins by big margins against instate foes North Carolina State and Wake Forest. Their third straight win ended up being their biggest of the season, led by Hurt’s third straight game of at least 22 points.

UP NEXT

Virginia: The Cavaliers host North Carolina State on Wednesday.

Duke: The Blue Devils host Syracuse on Monday.

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