CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The best start to a season in Duke history was never in jeopardy Thursday night as the top-ranked Blue Devils overwhelmed undermanned Virginia 100-54 for their 19th straight victory.
The Blue Devils (24-1, 12-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who came in having won their ACC games by an average of 21.7 points, led by 19 at halftime and extended their lead throughout the second half. Duke is bidding to become the first team in league history to go through the 16-game schedule unbeaten.
With only six scholarship players available, every game is an endurance test for Virginia (13-12, 3-9), and the Cavaliers simply had no chance against a steady, relentless stream of well-rested, blue-chip Blue Devils.
It was Duke's seventh 100-point game of the season.
Westside product William Avery, Elton Brand and Corey Maggette each scored 15 points for Duke, which outshot Virginia 58.7 percent to 27.4 percent, made 11 3-pointers to the Cavaliers' two and dominated the glass, outrebounding Virginia 58-26.
Chris Carrawell added 14 points for Duke, while Trajan Landgon had 12 and Nate James 11. Brand had 12 rebounds, while James and Maggette added 10 each.
Willie Dersch and Chezley Watson paced Virginia with 12 points each.
The Cavaliers, beaten 115-69 in Durham, N.C., on Jan. 10, were playing the nation's No. 1 team for the 22nd time in school history, and lost for the 21st. They beat North Carolina in Charlottesville on Jan. 30, 1986.
No. 5 Mich. St. 61, Illinois 44
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Thomas Kelley had 10 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and No. 5 Michigan State tied a school record with its 10th straight Big Ten victory, 61-44 over Illinois on Thursday night.
The Spartans (21-4, 10-1) also won 10 straight league games in 1956-57 and 1989-90. They lead second-place Ohio State by two games.
Cory Bradford led Illinois (10-14, 2-10) with 13 points, but the Big Ten's leading freshman scorer was only 4-for-17 from the field.
Jason Klein finished with nine points, all in the first half, for Michigan State, while A.J. Granger added eight.
The Spartans dominated the first half in taking a 33-14 lead.
Michigan State's stifling defense held the Illini to 6-for-25 shooting in the first half and forced Illinois into 10 turnovers that the Spartans converted into 13 points.
Michigan State opened the game with a 15-2 run that was capped by two straight baskets off steals by Kelley. Another 11-2 spurt, keyed by seven points from Klein, gave Michigan State its biggest lead of the first half, 30-8, with just over five minutes remaining.
Michigan State, which beat Illinois 51-49 in Champaign earlier this year, was never threatened in the second half. The Spartans' lead eventually reached 24 points late in the game.
Illinois' 32 percent shooting was the worst by a Michigan State opponent since the Spartans held Illinois-Chicago to 22 percent from the field in a 77-33 victory on Dec. 13.
The game was the first of five in an 11-day stretch for the Spartans.
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