Virginia upsets #7 Duke, 52-50, Saturday in Charlottesville

Virginia forward Jay Huff (30) celebrates with fans after defeating Duke in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP/WDBJ7)-- The University of Virginia men's basketball team secured the victory over the visiting Blue Devils, 52-50 Saturday night at John Paul Jones Arena.

Mamadi Diakite made a short, go-ahead jumper with 37 seconds left and Jay Huff blocked Vernon Carey Jr. under the basket with 3.7 seconds left as Virginia ended a three-game home losing streak against No. 7 Duke. Huff led Virginia with 15 points, nine rebounds and 10 blocked shots, none bigger than when he rejected Carey's attempt from in close with the Cavaliers leading 51-50. Huff also ripped the ball away, was fouled and made one of two free throws at the other end.

Tre Jones tried an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer, but missed, allowing the surging Cavaliers to claim their sixth victory in a row and leap-frog the Blue Devils into third place in the ACC standings with a week left in the season. Carey had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

The Cavaliers move to 21-7 on the year, while Duke falls to an overall record of 23-6.

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