Top 25 Roundup: Virginia catches No. 3 Duke looking ahead to win, 73-68


Charlottesville, Va. — Joe Harris and Virginia caught Duke looking ahead, as the Cavaliers knocked off the third-ranked Blue Devils, 73-68, to extend their winning streak at John Paul Jones Arena to 16 games.

Harris scored a career-high 36 points while Akil Mitchell logged 19 points and 12 rebounds for Virginia (20-8, 10-5 ACC), which earned its first win over a top-5 opponent in exactly 11 years and ended an eight-game skid against the Blue Devils.

The loss drops Duke (24-4, 11-4) three games behind ACC-leading Miami-Florida with three to play, meaning their anticipated showdown on Saturday in Durham has lost some of its suspense.

Duke had won eight of nine coming in, but struggled against the nation’s fourth-ranked scoring defense and got outrebounded by a 36-25 margin.

Seth Curry had 28 points and Mason Plumlee was held to 10 in the loss.

The Blue Devils missed their first six shots and found themselves down 9-0 before the first official timeout. They had their deficit down to one on two occasions late in the opening half, but never got over the hump and trailed 28-23 at intermission.

Curry made a 3-pointer on Duke’s first possession after the break to pull the Blue Devils within two, but another four-minute drought allowed Virginia to rattle off 10 straight points — the last four coming on free throws by Harris after Rasheed Sulaimon was whistled for a technical for arguing his shooting foul.

The margin reached its peak when two Mitchell free throws gave the Cavaliers a 55-39 cushion with 6 1/2 minutes to play.

No. 24 Oregon 85, Oregon State 75

Eugene, Ore. — Carlos Emory poured in 21 points and Arsalan Kazemi added 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 24 Oregon over Oregon State in the 339th installment of the Civil War.

Tony Woods added 16 points and Johnathan Loyd finished with 12 points for the Ducks (23-6, 12-4 Pac-12), winners in five of their last six games.

Roberto Nelson poured in a game-high 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field and Devon Collier added 14 points for the Beavers (13-16, 3-13), who have dropped four straight.

Oregon trailed 51-46 following Joe Burton’s jumper at the 14:22 mark, but used a 21-5 surge to take a 67-56 lead with 8 1/2 minutes left.

Woods poured in 10 points on the run, including a trio of highlight reel slams.

The Beavers managed to cut it to 70-62 moments later, but it would be as close as it would get the rest of the way.

The teams traded baskets for much of the first half, but Oregon managed to take a 29-25 lead following E.J. Singler’s layup with 4:22 left. The Beavers, though, closed the half on a 16-5 flurry to take a 41-34 edge into the break.

No. 16 Ohio State 63, Northwestern 53

Evanston, Ill. — Lenzelle Smith Jr. led all players with a season-high 24 points and shot 6-of-11 from 3-point range as No. 16 Ohio State pulled away late.

Deshaun Thomas netted 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Buckeyes (21-7, 11-5 Big Ten), who have won three straight and eight consecutive contests in the series versus Northwestern.

Tre Demps paced Northwestern with 14 points and Dave Sobolewski added 13 for the Wildcats (13-16, 4-12), who have lost six straight and eight of their last nine games overall. Kale Abrahamson donated nine points and nine boards in the defeat.

No. 25 Louisiana Tech 84, Utah State 61

Ruston, La. — Brandon Gibson scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor and Raheem Appleby added 15 points as No. 25 Louisiana Tech cruised over Utah State.

Alex Hamilton recorded nine points and eight assists for the red-hot Bulldogs (25-3, 15-0 WAC), who have now won 17 straight for the second-longest streak in the nation.

The team also moved into the Top 25 for the first time since the 1984-85 season on Monday.

Ben Clifford scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Aggies (19-8, 9-6), who have lost three of their last five games. Jarred Shaw also had 14 points to go along with eight boards