DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Jaemyn Brakefield scored the trudge-forward basket on a reverse layup with 1: 58 left and Duke came up with a final-possession terminate and upset No. 7 Virginia 66-65 on Saturday evening.
Matthew Damage scored 22 aspects to manual the Blue Devils (10-8, 8-6 Atlantic Wing Conference), who claimed a unheard of-needed third straight win to fortify their unsure possibilities of making the NCAA Match.
“It looked love all people contributed to growing a astronomical play, astronomical plays down (at) the tip,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledged.
Brakefield’s scoring drive, whereas drawing a putrid on Jay Huff, in the slay purchased Duke a slim lead. Freshman DJ Steward had a gigantic gamble to broaden the margin, however left out the front terminate of a 1-and-1 free-throw different with 9.6 seconds left.
Huff purchased the rebound and purchased the ball to Kihei Clark, who bobbled the dribble on the quite a variety of terminate to lose time and had to force up an off-steadiness 3-level strive over Damage to beat the clock. The ball used to be successfully immediate, with Huff catching the airball and stuffing it in successfully past the excellent horn.
“The excellent play, I mean, they left out that free throw. It used to be damaged and we were love, ‘Within the event that they trudge over it, attack. Derive to the rim. We’re in the bonus,’” Virginia coach Tony Bennett acknowledged.
“And I used to be hoping we may well well per chance procure into the lane and procure one up and rebound or flip it to Sam (Hauser) or somebody trailing. … They factual were skin-tight (defensively).”
Huff performed with 20 aspects and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers (15-5, 11-3), who adopted a blowout loss at No. 16 Florida Narrate with a 2nd loss this week in but one other terminate matchup with the Blue Devils.
It used to be the fifth time in seven meetings between the teams that the game used to be determined by one or two aspects.
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 predominant half, however factual 41% after the destroy on Saturday, going the excellent 3: 48 and not utilizing a basket to fabricate with motivate-to-motivate losses for the predominant time this season.
Duke: The Blue Devils are at probability of missing the NCAA Match for the predominant time since 1995. They’d misplaced six of eight at one level, however adopted with two straight facet motorway wins by astronomical margins in opposition to instate foes North Carolina Narrate and Wake Forest after an emphasis in practices on bettering protection. They added one other on the motivate of Damage’s third straight sport of no longer lower than 22 aspects and a exhaust from Brakefield (11 aspects, 5 rebounds, four blocks).
“This used to be a astronomical-time win for us and we wanted this one badly,” Damage acknowledged.
Virginia: The Cavaliers host North Carolina Narrate on Wednesday.
Duke: The Blue Devils host Syracuse on Monday.
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