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Liston scores 22 and No. 3 Duke withstands furious Virginia Tech rally to win 74-70

  • Duke's Haley Peters (33) drives against  Virginia Tech's Uju Ugoka (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Jan.19, 2014, in Blacksburg, Va. Duke won 74-70. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

    Duke's Haley Peters (33) drives against Virginia Tech's Uju Ugoka (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Jan.19, 2014, in Blacksburg, Va. Duke won 74-70. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)  (The Associated Press)

  • Duke's Tricia Liston goes up for a basket against  Virginia Tech's Uju Ugoka during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Blacksburg, Va. Duke won 74-70. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

    Duke's Tricia Liston goes up for a basket against Virginia Tech's Uju Ugoka during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Blacksburg, Va. Duke won 74-70. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)  (The Associated Press)

  • Duke's Alexis Jones (2) drives against Virginia Tech's Monet Tellier (31) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Blacksburg, Va. Duke won 74-70. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

    Duke's Alexis Jones (2) drives against Virginia Tech's Monet Tellier (31) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Blacksburg, Va. Duke won 74-70. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)  (The Associated Press)

Tricia Liston scored 22 points, Alexis Jones had 19, and No. 3 Duke held off Virginia Tech's rally to win 74-70 on Sunday.

The Blue Devils (18-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led by 15 points at the half, but the Hokies pulled within three in the closing seconds

Uju Ugoka scored 29 points, Vanessa Panousis added 21 and Monet Tellier had 18 for Virginia Tech (10-7, 0-4). Ugoka's putback with 14.5 seconds left cut the deficit to 71-68. But with fans screaming, Liston calmly made two free throws to all but clinch Duke's eighth straight win.

The Hokies lost their fifth straight overall and 20th in a row against the Blue Devils.

Duke led 45-30 early in the second half before Virginia rallied. Panousis' long 3-pointer with the shot clock running down made it 51-48 with 8:53 remaining.