Chris Carrawell had 25 points last night as No. 8 Duke rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit for a 109-100 overtime victory over Virginia in Charlottesville.
It was the 23rd consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference win for the Blue Devils (10-2, 1-0) and their 10th straight against the Cavaliers (9-4, 0-1).
But Virginia, which lost to Duke three times last season by an average of 43 points, gave the Blue Devils all they could handle as they opened defense of their league title.
Duke led 89-87 with 11 seconds remaining in regulation, but Mike Dunleavy kept the door open for Virginia by missing the second of two free throws. That allowed Virginia's Donald Hand to force overtime with a driving acrobatic layup with 5.1 seconds reaming that sent the University Hall crowd into a frenzy.
But the magic that led the Cavaliers back from a nine-point first-half deficit and helped them take back the momentum after several big Duke runs evaporated in overtime. Jason Williams of Duke hit an open three-pointer just 10 seconds into overtime and the Blue Devils opened with an 8-2 run.
Chris Williams led the Cavaliers with 27 points.
Virginia led 74-64 after Roger Mason's three-pointer with 7:40 remaining. But Duke rallied, moving ahead 85-82 on a dunk by Shane Battier with 2:15 left.
Another three-pointer by Mason with 50 seconds left gave the Cavaliers a one-point lead before Duke went ahead on Dunleavy's free throws. "If every game's like that, it's going to be a long year," Dunleavy said.
WILLIAM & MARY 85, GEORGE MASON 82: Scotty Scott scored 25 points as the Tribe rallied to win in overtime in Williamsburg.
The Tribe (6-5, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association) ended George Mason's 11-game winning streak against CAA opponents. Before fouling out, Adam Duggins scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds for William & Mary, which outrebounded the Patriots 40-29.
George Mason (6-6, 1-1) was led by George Evans with 29 points and 13 rebounds.
JAMES MADISON 59, AMERICAN 52: The Dukes, behind by one with 3:04 remaining, closed out the game with an 11-3 run in Harrisonburg, Va.
James Madison (8-5, 2-1 CAA) had four players in double figures, led by Jamar Perry with 11, and withstood a career-high 25-point performance by Patrick Doctor for American (5-6, 0-2).
The Eagles led at the half, 28-25, led by Doctor's 17 points. They stretched the lead to nine with 18:09 remaining, but the Dukes chipped away to tie it at 38 with 12:13 left.
The game was tied again at 48 with 3:59 remaining, but after a free throw by Doctor the Dukes got a three-pointer from Mickey Dennis, then closed out the game with eight straight free throws by Jabari Outtz.
NAVY 79, LIBERTY 53: Chris Williams scored 19 points to lead the Midshipmen in Annapolis.
The victory was the fourth straight for Navy (9-4), which grabbed a school-record 71 rebounds. The Midshipmen blocked 14 shots, third best in school history, and forced Liberty (8-3) into 32 turnovers.