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“We kept talking about it — don’t get sped up, make them guard you, and make them earn on the other end,” Bennett said. “We had to earn this against that kind of team and that kind of program.”

Akil Mitchell hit a shot to make it 61-57, then stripped Parker at the other end to set up Harris‘ wide-open 3 in transition that extended the lead to seven points and had Duke’s Rodney Hood fuming.

Harris gave Duke a final chance when he rushed up a shot and Quinn Cook countered with a 3 with 1½ minutes left to pull the Blue Devils within four.

Brogdon then drove through the Duke defense for a momentum-shifting layup that made it 66-60 with just over a minute to play and caused Duke assistant Jeff Capel to tellingly slump back on the bench in exasperation.

“I think we kind of rushed. We were just so anxious to get on the offensive end once we tried to get down and get their momentum on (Duke’s) side,” Parker said.

Cook missed a short jumper before Brogdon hit six of eight free throws in the final minute to help the Cavaliers pull away.

Hood finished with 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting and Amile Jefferson added 11 for Duke.

This was a one-possession game throughout the second half until Mitchell’s tip-in with 5:10 left pushed Virginia’slead to 57-53.

Parker missed three shots on Duke’s next possession, then picked up his fourth foul with 3:53 left and Gill hit two free throws to put the Cavaliers up by six.

Virginia was one of the few opponents which found a way to slow Parker, holding him to eight points on 3-of-11 shooting in the regular season meeting — a four-point Duke win that came down to the final seconds.

With Mitchell keying the defensive effort on him, Parker was just 2 of 10 in the first half.

“He’s special. He’s strong, quick, athletic, can shoot the ball and put it on the floor,” Mitchell said. “I just wanted to make sure I stayed down, kept my balance and just tried to stay in front.”

Parker got hot midway through the second half and single-handedly kept Duke in the game, reeling off seven straight points for his team in a 90-second span.

He went coast-to-coast and threw down a one-handed dunk on London Perrantes, hit a 3-pointer from the wing to briefly give Duke a one-point lead and added a jumper off a spin move with 8½ minutes remaining.

Mitchell finished with 15 rebounds for Virginia, which led 28-25 at the end of a physical, intense first half notable for its low shooting percentages — and a technical foul on Krzyzewski that the Hall of Fame coach called “ridiculous” and “shameful.”

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