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Jones scores 21 to lead No. 2 Duke over UConn

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Two possessions into the second half, Mike Krzyzewski had seen more than enough from his young and talented Duke team and let them know it in forceful terms that any young man would understand.

After hollering at his second-ranked Blue Devils to get over to the bench, Coach K asked them what was wrong and then told them to wake up, throwing in an occasional salty word.

While the tirade didn’t sink in immediately, Duke (10-0) got the message.

Freshman point guard Tyus Jones scored 21 points, Justise Winslow hit two key baskets late in the game and Duke beat defending national champion Connecticut 66-56 on Thursday night.

“We were out to lunch. I mean, we were in La-La land,” Krzyzewski said. “I had to take the timeout to get us back into it.”

Connecticut (4-4) managed to tie the game at 30 after the time out , but Duke responded with a 15-2 run and never lost the lead.

“It just shows the passion he has for the game,” Jones said. “It shows how much the game means to him. He still has that passion. We weren’t playing well and he let us know it. He still has that, depending on the situation. That’s when he gets on us. We deserved that.”

Winslow and Jahlil Okafor — the other two members of the Blue Devils’ trio of talented freshmen — added 12 points apiece. Amile Jefferson added 11 points and 13 rebounds in a game that had the feel and intensity of a NCAA tournament contest.

“UConn played a tough, physical game. It was a good experience for us,” said senior Quinn Cook, who added 10 points. “We just had more good plays than they did.”

Ryan Boatright had 22 points to lead the Huskies. Kentan Facey added 14 points and Daniel Hamilton had 10.

NO. 6 VIRGINIA 70, CLEVELAND STATE 54: At Charlottesville, Va., Justin Anderson scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and No. 6 Virginia returned from an 11-day layoff for exams to defeat Cleveland State.

Malcolm Brogdon also scored 16 and Anthony Gill had 13 for the Cavaliers (10-0), who matched their best start since the 2001-01 season. Next up for Virginia is a visit from scrappy Harvard on Sunday.

Trey Lewis scored 18 to lead the Vikings (5-6). Cleveland State scored just four points in the first 13 1/2 minutes against the Cavaliers’ top-ranked scoring defense.