National Basketball Association
Virginia 73, Duke 68
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 28, 2013
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia
Officials: # Roger Ayers, # Bernard Clinton, # Mike Eades
Attendance: 14593
Virginia 73, No. 3 Duke 68: Joe Harris scored a career-high 36 points and the host Cavaliers snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Blue Devils in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Akil Mitchell had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Virginia (20-8, 10-5 ACC) never trailed while recording its 16th consecutive home victory and beating a Top 5 team for the first time since also downing Duke exactly 11 years ago.

Seth Curry scored 28 points and Quinn Cook added 22 for Duke (24-4, 11-4), which is just 4-4 on the road this season.

Virginia set the tone for the upset by scoring the first seven points and taking an 11-2 lead just five-plus minutes into the contest. The Blue Devils used a 10-2 run to pull within 22-21 on Curry’s 3-pointer with 4:27 left in the half but were never able to take the lead.

The Cavaliers led 28-23 at the break and began pulling away with a 10-0 surge to take a 12-point lead with 15:10 left. The lead reached 55-39 and was still 13 with 1:28 remaining before Duke made a late run to lose by five.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Harris is the first player to score 30 or more against Duke since Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum scored 30 in the 15th-seeded Mountain Hawks’ upset of second-seeded Duke in last season’s NCAA Tournament. … The Cavaliers had a 36-25 rebounding edge and Duke star Mason Plumlee was a relative non-factor with 10 points and seven rebounds. … Virginia is 17-1 at home with the lone blemish being a loss to Delaware on Nov. 13.
Top Game Performances
Duke   Virginia
Seth Curry 28 Scoring Joe Harris 36
Quinn Cook 2 Assists Jontel Evans 3
Mason Plumlee 7 Rebounds Akil Mitchell 12
Seth Curry 10 Free Throws Made Joe Harris 10
Tyler Thornton 2 Steals Justin Anderson 1
Mason Plumlee 1 Blocks Justin Anderson 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Duke 68 39.6 8-25 18-20 8 21 1 4 9
Virginia 73 46.2 3-11 22-29 10 33 6 3 10