CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Joe Harris had just scored a career-high 36 points, essentially half of his team's total in a 73-68 victory against No. 3 Duke, and the junior guard was talking about "a team effort" and how the Cavaliers played "sound defense."
Joe, was that the best performance of your basketball career?
"I guess you could say that," he finally allowed.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski wasn't quite as reluctant to heap on the praise.
"Harris was fantastic, which we knew he would be. He's just one of the best players in the country," Krzyzewski said. "When you have a guy playing at that level ... it brings everybody up. You know you're playing with a stud."
Harris and Akil Mitchell, who had 19 points and 12 rebounds, combined for 55 of the Cavaliers' points as they celebrated the 11-year anniversary of their last victory over a top 5 team by doing it again on Thursday night.
When Virginia's 16th consecutive home victory was finished, fans stormed the court.
"It's just great," senior point guard Jontel Evans said. "They're the reason we go so hard when we're here. We feed off their energy. They've been great. They've just been unbelievable this year. I've never seen support like this."
Virginia (20-8, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat No. 3 Duke 87-84 11 years ago, their last top 5 victory.
This time, Duke never led.
"That's unbelievable right there, that they never led in the game," Evans said.
Curry led Duke with 28 points, all but five coming after halftime, and Quinn Cook had 22, but the Blue Devils (24-4, 11-4) failed to slow down either Harris or Mitchell, whose dominating play kept a sellout crowd giddy all night.
Plumlee finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and three turnovers and several times looked up to see Mitchell dunking over him.
Virginia outrebounded Duke 36-26, and held the Blue Devils to 39.6 percent shooting (21 of 53).
"It was a very, very physical game and we're not equipped to that type of game. We got knocked back," Krzyzewski said.
In the second half, Harris and Mitchell scored Virginia's first 16 points as the Cavaliers built a 64-50 lead with 3:23 left before closing the victory at the free throw line.
No. 2 Gonzaga 70, BYU 65
At Provo, Utah, Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points, Gary Bell Jr. hit four 3-pointers and Gonzaga survived a late Brigham Young rally for a victory and its 10th outright conference title.
The Bulldogs (28-2, 15-0 West Coast Conference) host Portland on Saturday and a win there could mean Gonzaga's first-ever No. 1 ranking.
Gonzaga led by 11 points with 10:51 left but BYU fought back.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Brock Zylstra, another by Craig Cusick and two free throws by Brandon Davies tied it at 60 with 4:18 remaining.
Olynyk hit a key jumper down the stretch and Kevin Pangos made two free throws to help seal it.
BYU had one final chance with 6.6 seconds remaining and down three points but Gonzaga fouled Craig Cusick before he could attempt a 3.
Tyler Haws had 19 points for BYU (20-10, 9-6).
No. 16 Ohio State 63, Northwestern 53
At Evanston, Ill., Lenzelle Smith scored a season-high 24 points and Deshaun Thomas added 19 for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes (21-7, 11-5 Big Ten) moved one-half game ahead of Michigan and took sole possession of fourth place in the Big Ten with another difficult win over a team that's given it fits in recent years.
This time, they led by 11 points early in the second half and regrouped after Northwestern took the lead, sending the Wildcats (13-16, 4-12) to their sixth straight loss and eighth in nine games.
Northwestern led by a point twice in the second half and was up 49-48 with about 4 minutes remaining. But Ohio State outscored the Wildcats 15-4 the rest of the way.
No. 25 Louisiana Tech 84,Utah State 61
At Ruston, La., Brandon Gibson scored 20 points and Raheem Appleby added 15 as Louisiana Tech cruised in its first game as a nationally ranked team since 1985.
Louisiana Tech (25-3, 15-0 Western Athletic Conference) won its 17th straight game, a streak that has lasted more than two months.
Jarred Shaw and Ben Clifford both scored 14 points for Utah State. TeNale Roland added 12 points and seven rebounds.