LAS VEGAS – Armaan Franklin scored a career-high 26 factors as #16 Virginia used an enormous second-half run to defeat #5 Baylor 86-79 on Friday evening within the group’s first sport since that three Cavaliers soccer gamers have been killed in a campus capturing.
Virginia gamers wore hoodies throughout warmups that honored the victims of Sunday’s capturing, which led to the cancellation of the Cavaliers’ house sport scheduled for a day later. A former Virginia soccer participant has been charged with homicide within the murders of Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry.
The Cavaliers (3-0) will face the winner of Friday evening’s matchup between No. 19 Illinois and No. 8 UCLA in Sunday’s Continental Tire Primary Occasion Championship. Baylor (3-1) faces the loser within the comfort sport.
Virginia went on a 21-2 second half run and twice went forward by 22 factors.
“This one [big run] gave us a long way, and we actually wanted that the way in which they got here again,” stated Virginia head coach Tony Bennett. “We could not cease them in the long run, which was the disappointing half.”
Franklin scored 10 factors throughout that burst and completed 7-of-12 from the sphere, together with 3-of-6 from 3-point vary.
“I do know I’ve teammates who’re ready to provide me the ball, and the identical for them,” Franklin stated. “I do know they will create for themselves. It was simply taking open photographs and being able to shoot.”
Keyonte George scored 20 factors for Baylor and LJ Cryer had 19.
Trailing 62-40 halfway via the second half, Baylor responded with an 8-0 run. The Bears used full-court stress and saved pulling away, twice getting shut to 6 factors, however Virginia held out.
“We have got to do a greater job of getting simple buckets,” stated Baylor head coach Scott Drew. “Often we take them out of our defensive transition and we do not cease for 10 minutes.”
Kadin Shedrick added 17 factors for the Cavaliers, Ben Vander Plas had 14 and Reece Beekman scored 10.
The Related Press contributed to this story.