CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Tyus Jones, Quinn Cook and No. 4 Duke got their biggest shots to start falling just in time.
Jones scored 17 points, Cook had 15 and both made critical three-pointers in the closing minutes, fueling an ending 16-5 run that gave the Blue Devils a 69-63 victory against No. 2 Virginia, ending the Cavaliers' perfect season and 21-game home winning streak.
"We were getting the same looks. It was just a matter of the ball going in the basket," said Jones, the point guard from Apple Valley who iced the game by making a three-pointer with about 10 seconds left for a six-point lead.
Cook hit three times from long range in the final 4 minutes, 38 seconds during a dramatic turnaround that had seen the Blue Devils miss their first nine three-point tries and 11 of their first 13.
Then, with Virginia leading by eight with 4 minutes, 48 seconds to play, and a sellout crowd looking for the kill shot, Duke's only hope was to start hitting, and it did, making five of its final six. Jones' three put a positive finish to what had been a wild week for Duke (18-3, 5-3 ACC).
Last Sunday, coach Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career victory when the Blue Devils beat St. John's in New York. Duke then lost Wednesday night at Notre Dame and dismissed junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon the next day.
Ending the week with a smile was important, Cook said, adding, "They're one of the best teams in the country, and if you can get a win against those guys, especially in their house, it's just a great feeling."
The Cavaliers (19-1, 7-1) started the second half with a 16-4 burst and led by 11 with just under 11 minutes to play before some ill-advised shots, turnovers and Duke's blistering shooting turned the tables.
"There was enough offense there to win that game," Cavs coach Tony Bennett said. "At the end you've got to come up with some tough stops."