newsduke takes control with big second half run dispatches virginia tech 81 65

Duke takes control with big second-half run, dispatches Virginia Tech, 81-65

virginia tech men's basketball
Image: Virginia Tech Athletics

Duke got out to an early 19-5 lead, withstood a couple of Virginia Tech rallies, then coasted late to an 81-65 win on Saturday in Durham.

The win avenged a loss for the Blue Devils (21-8, 12-6 ACC) last month in Blacksburg.

Duke led 43-32 at the half, and after an MJ Collins layup brought the Hokies (16-13, 6-12 ACC) to within eight, at 45-37, at the 18:22 mark, the hosts took control with a 16-0 over the next five minutes.

Grant Basile had 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting to lead five Virginia Tech players in double figures.

Tech shot 40.4 percent from the floor, while Duke shot 56.6 percent, and owned the paint, getting 18 makes on 25 attempts at the rim.

Jeremy Roach had 19 points and 10 assists for Duke, which has won three straight since its overtime loss at Virginia two weeks ago.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

In addition to being the editor of Augusta Free Press, I've written seven books, including Poverty of Imagination and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, both published in 2019, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For my commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to my YouTube page, Want to reach me? Try [email protected].

Latest News


One dead from injuries in fire in apartment on Arch Avenue in Waynesboro

ben vander plas

Tony Bennett’s best Virginia teams were at their best playing small ball

Tony Bennett keeps recruiting big bigs, but when you look back over his years at Virginia, his best teams have been at their best playing small ball, which has had me wondering for a while why he keeps recruiting the big bigs.


Podcast: Tyler Reddick gets the win on the road course at Circuit of the Americas

Tyler Reddick won, in three OTs, at the Circuit of the Americas road course in Austin, his third career road-course win.

james wesley reinhold

Update: Man wanted in Waynesboro shooting arrested in Front Royal


Virginia Museum welcomes stories of Vietnam War for 2024 exhibition

kadin shedrick

Kadin Shedrick enters transfer portal, leaving gaping hole in the post for Virginia

uva health

UVA Cancer Center awards grant funding to five Virginia-based cancer-related efforts