It was a roller coaster game that Cavalier fans have come to know and love.
The Hoos struggled early, pulled ahead by 10+ in the middle, and faltered down the stretch thanks to amazingly hot shooting from three for Duke. It was all over when Tyus Jones hit a three with 9.9 left on the clock to give Duke their final points of the evening.
It did not start off very pretty for the Cavaliers. Thanks to Duke's Justise Winslow, Duke was able to run the floor and beat UVa's transition defense numerous times and pull ahead. While that was going on, UVa looked tight. With mere minutes remaining in the half, the Hoos were just shooting 33% and Duke was shooting 50% from the field.
The second half started off like we all wanted. The Cavaliers were able to break down the Duke defense and get the ball inside to take advantage of their height. The Hoos pulled ahead by 10+ and looked like they were going to be able to coast to victory. That was not to be the case.
Coming down the final three minutes Duke caught fire like Michael Jordan in NBA Jam. After starting out 0-9 from three, the Blue Devils finished 6-8 from three to give them the lead and the victory.
It might not have been so much a UVa loss as a Duke victory. Give credit to the Blue Devils, they made shots down the stretch and came up with defensive stops when they needed them. In the end, it is still UVa's first loss of the season. 19-1 doesn't look nearly as nice as 20-0, but the season goes on.
Hoos travel to Chapel Hill on Monday to take on the Tar Heels. Both teams will be coming off heartbreaking losses that saw them up double digits, so both of them will be looking to right the ship. Should be another good one.