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College basketball: Duke vs Virginia
College basketball: Duke vs Virginia

 Virginia forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (11) battles for the ball with Duke's John Scheyer (30) last night.
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Date published: 2/2/2007

BY TAFT COGHILL JR.

CHARLOTTESVILLE--The stage was set for the University of Virginia men's basketball team to upset No. 8 Duke last night.

Several former Cavaliers stars, including Curtis Staples and Roger Mason Jr., were among the sold-out crowd of 15,219 spectators who packed John Paul Jones Arena.

The team's mascot, Cav Man, made his way onto the court on a Harley before pre-game introductions.

Fortunately for the Cavaliers, they lived up to the hype.

Cavaliers All-ACC point guard Sean Singletary sent the game into overtime with a jumper from 18 feet away with 24.8 seconds remaining, and in the extra period, he drained a baseline floater with one second remaining to give Virginia a thrilling 68-66 Atlantic Coast Conference victory, its fifth straight win.

Duke point guard Greg Paulus missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win.

Senior shooting guard J.R. Reynolds led Virginia (14-6, 6-2 ACC) with 25 points. Singletary added 17.

Virginia is now 11-1 at its new home.

The Cavaliers had lost 10 straight to the Blue Devils (18-4, 5-3) and 22 out of 24 before last night's win. The victory puts Virginia in a three-way tie for second-place in the ACC with Virginia Tech and Boston College.

The Blue Devils went into the game ranked last in the ACC in scoring offense (69.7 points per game), but first in scoring defense (56.0).

Duke is also second in the conference in field goal percentage defense.

Those statistics helped foreshadow what the Cavaliers were up against last night.

In the first half, Virginia shot just 38 percent from the field.

Duke was efficient, shooting 55 percent and knocking down three 3-pointers en route to building a 13-point advantage.

It led 36-29 at halftime.

However, Virginia rallied in the second half and tied the game at 49 on three Reynolds free throws with 7:14 left.

Duke went ahead 51-49 on a basket from McRoberts that began a 10-2 run. A DeMarcus Nelson 3 from the left corner gave Duke a 57-51 lead and McRoberts scored as he was fouled by Virginia senior forward Jason Cain to put Duke in front 59-51.

The Cavaliers led briefly at 6-4 on a Reynolds drive to the basket.

But that was their last lead of the half.

Duke got nine first-half points from Nelson, eight from sophomore Paulus and seven from McRoberts.


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