DURHAM, N.C. – No. 4 Virginia (16-1, 4-1 ACC) suffered its first loss of the season at No. 1 Duke (15-2, 4-1 ACC), 72-70, on Saturday evening at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
De’Andre Hunter (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the Cavaliers with 18 points, Kyle Guy (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Ty Jerome (New Rochelle, N.Y.) had 14 points and Braxton Key (Charlotte, N.C.) added 11. Guy and Key each had six rebounds to lead UVA.
Virginia shot 53 percent and Duke shot 51 percent from the field. UVA trailed in rebounds (32-30)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia and Duke traded the lead several times in the second half, but the Blue Devils went on an 8-2 run to lead 69-61 with 44 seconds to play. Key made a fast break dunk. Duke missed two free throws then Guy hit a three-pointer to cut it to 69-66 with 24 seconds remaining. Duke hit a pair of free throws to stretch the lead back to five. Virginia closed it to 71-68 on two free throws by Key. Duke hit another free throw with eight seconds remaining to lead 72-68. Hunter hit a jumper at the buzzer for the 72-70 final.
THE GAME BALL GOES TO
De’Andre Hunter led UVA with 18 points, including 11 in the first half. Hunter finished 8-of-14 from the field with four rebounds.
• The Cavaliers’ 12-game league road winning streak (2017-19) ended. The streak ranks fourth all-time in ACC history behind Duke’s 24-game streak (1998-2001) and 14-game streak (1962-64) and NC State’s 13-game streak (1972-74)
• The No. 1 vs. No. 1 matchup (AP and Coaches Poll) was the first in ACC history, first since 2016 (Kansas/Oklahoma) and fourth in NCAA history
• UVA’s had a 17-0 margin in bench points
• Guy has a 17-game 3-pointer streak and has made two of more 3-pointers in each of the past eight games
Virginia will return home to host Wake Forest on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.