Cam Reddish took over after that, hitting 5 of his first 6, the last three early in the second half as the Blue Devils rebuilt their lead to 52-41. That's how sound they are otherwise. The Cavaliers lost to the Blue Devils at John Paul Jones Arena for the third consecutive time.
The No. 3 Cavaliers (20-2, 8-2 ACC) were the last team against which anyone would figure to shake a 3-point funk.
Entering the game having made just 30.8 percent of their 3-pointers this season, the Blue Devils made seven of their first eight to build a double-digit lead and hold off every Virginia charge.
Williamson struggled a bit offensively against No. 3 Virginia on Saturday in Charlottesville and matched his career-high in turnovers in the second half as he was swarmed by Cavalier defenders in the post, but he still managed to make key plays for the Blue Devils even when he wasn't scoring.
"I thought we were a little slow to our closeouts", Bennett said. "So he and I are really good friends".
LeBron James sat under the basket at the Duke end of the floor and didn't get up to leave until about 1:15 was left on the game clock. I thought there were too many of those where we were staying a little long. "We tried to keep them out of the lane and jam the lane, and we probably overcorrected in terms of that".
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski says, "We were fortunate we won. I think it's that simple". They're just in a slightly different order. "Really good players sometimes, not sometimes, they make coaches look pretty good and pretty smart". At the half, Duke led, 39-35.
The Blue Devils' first two made field goals were Barrett 3-pointers as Duke jumped to an 8-0 lead.
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Adding solid 3-point shooting to a team that is already one of the nation's top offensive teams, plus a team that has proven adept defensively, only adds to Duke's wow factor.
The lead was 12.
The level of athleticism Williamson has may have never been seen before at any level of basketball.
It seemed as if Williamson was simply trying to avoid producing any headlines that would center on him. Former Duke great Grant Hill was also in attendance, as was Ralph Sampson, Virginia's three-time national player of the year.
Hunter's 3-pointer left Virginia down 66-61.
Duke's three wins (3-1) over AP top 10 teams are also an NCAA high this season, while Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia each have two. Ty Jerome, who averages 13 points and 4.9 assists per game for UVA, is questionable to play tonight due to a back injury.
"It was one of my poorer performances in the first 15 minutes of the first half", Guy said.