#18 UVA drops fourth in a row, falls to Miami, 54-48
The loss was the fourth in a row for free-falling Virginia (18-9, 8-7 ACC), which has fallen from a tie for first in the ACC all the way to a tie for seventh.
The Cavs led 41-34 with 2:20 to go, but Miami rallied to tie the game at 41 on a three-pointer by D.J. Vasiljevic, then took the lead with 27 seconds left on a pair of free throws by Bruce Brown.
Isaiah Wilkins converted both ends of a two-shot foul with four seconds left to tie the game at 43. Miami appeared to win in regulation when Davon Reed appeared to connect on a heave from just inside midcourt, but upon review the shot left his hand just after the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.
Virginia took a 46-43 lead on a three by Devon Hall on the opening possession of overtime, but Miami was up 47-46 into the final minute.
Marial Shayok scored on an offensive rebound with 38 seconds left to give the Cavs a 48-47 lead. Miami answered with a three by Brown with 19 seconds left to put the ‘Canes back on top, 50-48.
A missed jumper by Shayok was followed by a pair of free throws by Reed with nine seconds left, and Vasiljevic made another pair with two seconds left to close things out.
UVA had its third straight just awful game on the offensive end, shooting 31.4 percent from the floor (16-of-51) and having a particularly subpar night at the foul line, going 13-of-20 at the stripe.
The Cavs had Miami in the bonus at the 11:08 mark of the second half, but missed three straight front ends of 1-and-1s, and also had a pair of misses by Mamadi Diakite with 1:20 left in regulation and UVA up three, in advance of the Vasiljevic tying three-pointer.
Hall had 15 points to lead UVA, and Wilkins had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
UVA Team Notes
- Virginia (18-9, 8-7 ACC) is 9-12 all-time against Miami, including 5-2 at John Paul Jones Arena
- UVA is 148-40 in 11 seasons at JPJ, including 110-24 under Tony Bennett and 75-9 over the past five seasons
- UVA is 39-4 in ACC home games over the last five seasons
- UVA is 0-3 this year in overtime games
- UVA suffered its first four-game losing streak since dropping eight straight in 2009-10
- Virginia’s 19 first-half points matched the fewest in any half this year (19 in second half at UNC)
- Miami’s 20 first-half points marked the fewest scored by the Hurricanes in any half this season (22 in second half at Duke)
- UVA had a season-low seven assists
UVA Player Notes
- With 15 points, Devon Hall scored in double figures in ACC play for the 10th time
- Isaiah Wilkins recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds
- Wilkins also tied a career high with four steals
- Mamadi Diakite recorded a career high in minutes with 25
- London Perrantes made his 127th career start and moved into a tie with Ted Jeffries (1990-93) for fourth in program history