Virginia rallies to topple Duke in OT
Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) – Sean Singletary scored 17 points,
including the game-tying jumper in regulation, and the game-winning basket
with one second left in overtime, and the Virginia Cavaliers ended a nine-game
losing streak to Duke with a thrilling 68-66 overtime win over the eighth-
ranked Blue Devils.
J.R. Reynolds scored 25 points for Virginia (14-6, 6-2 ACC), which won its
fifth straight. Mamadi Diane scored 14 points, and Jason Cain pulled down 10
rebounds and added six points for the Cavaliers, who trailed buy as much as 13
points, but came back to score the upset.
Josh McRoberts scored 19 points for Duke (18-4, 5-3 ACC), which had its five-
game winning streak snapped. DeMarcus Nelson scored 12 points, and Greg Paulus
added 10 points in the loss.
Controlling the ball with the game tied in the final seconds of overtime,
Singletary appeared to be stuck on the perimeter as the clock drained toward
zero, but he quickly knifed through a double-team with a jump-stop, and lofted
a fade-away over the outstretched hand of a Duke defender. The tear-drop fell
through with one second left, giving Virginia the 68-66 lead.
McRoberts was able to find Paulus with a baseball-style toss on the game’s
final play, but Paulus’ three-point try at the buzzer drew iron, and the
Virginia fans stormed the court.
Virginia closed regulation with a 10-2 run to send the game to overtime. A
Singletary jumper tied the game at 61 with 24.8 seconds left, but McRoberts
had an opportunity to win it. The Duke forward backed his man down, and had an
open shot facing the basket for the win, but missed, and the game went to
Three Reynolds free throws tied the game at 49 with 7:14 left in regulation,
but the tie was short-lived. The Blue Devils ripped off a 10-2 stretch, with
treys from Nelson and Jon Scheyer, and a McRoberts layup put Duke ahead 59-51
with 3:42 left.
A Singletary three brought the Cavaliers to within 15-14 with 11:33 left
in the first half. Duke answered with a 9-2 stretch, though, and outscored
Virginia 19-7 over the next eight minutes to take control of the game. A
Nelson layup and David McClure tip-in closed the stretch, staking the Blue
Devils to a 34-21 lead with 3:29 left in the half.
Duke led 36-29 at the intermission.
Reynolds suffered through leg cramps for much of the game. He crumpled to the
floor in pain late in regulation, only to sit briefly before returning to
play…Duke had won 22 of 24 against Virginia entering the game…Virginia
improved to 11-1 at home.