DURHAM, N.C.- In a game between the nation's top offense and top defense, No. 2 Virginia's smothering defense was the difference. The Cavaliers stifled a Duke team that averages 92 points a game and hasn't scored lower than 80 points in an ACC game, riding its defense — by forcing 16 turnovers while committing just five — and doing enough on offense to topple the Blue Devils, 65-63, at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
It was the first win in Durham by the Cavaliers since 1995. Kyle Guy and Devon Hall paced the Cavaliers' patient offense with 17 and 14 points, respectively, as coach Tony Bennett's team controlled the tempo early and held off Duke's second-half comeback.
The Blue Devils made no three-pointers in the first half and finished 4-for-14 from beyond the arc. Freshman star Marvin Bagley III led Duke with 30 points and 14 rebounds, while Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 points and 15 rebounds. Virginia (20-1, 9-0) took a commanding lead in the ACC title race by beating perhaps its toughest challenger in the Blue Devils (18-3, 6-3) on the road.