Virginia Snaps Duke's Conference Road Record
Feb. 15, 2001
Is a game worth waiting on line for four days to get tickets? Ask anyVirginia fan who was on hand for the Cavaliers’ upset of Duke, and theanswerwould be a resounding yes.
Adam Hall’s layin with .9 seconds to go lifted No. 12 Virginia to a91-89victory over No. 3 Duke on Wednesday night. The Cavaliers have sold out ninestraight games, and this week students camped out for four days just to getin.
“I think maybe a lot of people thought we were going to keep our headsdownand just fold to Duke,” center Travis Watson said. “Duke is a great team.Give it to them. But it was our night.”
A year ago, Duke rallied from a 10-point deficit at Virginia and won109-100in overtime. This season, the Blue Devils took a 53-20 halftime lead androutedthe Cavaliers 103-61 in Durham, N.C.
But things were much different Wednesday.
After Shane Battier pulled Duke even by hitting two free throws with14.3seconds left, Roger Mason dribbled some time off the clock preparing to makehis move.
“I wanted to wait until about 7 seconds left,” he said. “I got by myman,the defense collapsed on me and I tried to create something.”
Instead, the ball squirted free and right to Hall, who laid a soft shotoffthe glass for the victory.
“I think it rolled off somebody or the rim and just came to me,” Hallsaid. “I just put it up. I didn’t know how much time was on the clock. Ididn’t know if it counted or not. Then the fans started coming.”
Why not storm the court after waiting so long to get tickets?