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#5 Virginia rallies, stuns Cal, 63-62

virginia basketballLondon Perrantes connected from three with 10 seconds left to lift fifth-ranked Virginia to an improbable 63-62 win over Cal on Tuesday.

The Cavs (10-1) trailed 62-57 inside of a minute to go in the overtime when Malcolm Brogdon hit a three from the left corner out of a timeout to cut the margin to two.

UVA forced a Tyrone Wallace miss with 32 seconds left, and after another timeout Brogdon found Perrantes on the left wing for a contested three that hit nothing but net to give UVA just its second lead of the game.

Wallace missed a layup in the lane, and Isaiah Wilkins snared the rebound and was fouled. Wilkins missed the front end of a one-and-one, but after a Cal timeout, freshman Jaylen Brown missed a desperation three at the buzzer.

Cal (9-3) led 27-20 at the half, holding Virginia to 18.2 percent shooting (4-of-22) from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

The Golden Bears led by as many as 11 in the second half, before Virginia’s vaunted Pack-Line defense took control, holding Cal without a field goal in the final 7:33 of regulation.

A Darius Thompson steal and dunk gave the ‘Hoos their first lead of the game, at 52-50, with 1:02 left in regulation.

Brown made two free throws with 42 seconds left, and both teams missed on chances to get a tie-breaking basket to send the game to an extra period.

The Bears led 60-54 on an Ivan Rabb tip-in with 2:33 to go. Wilkins scored on a stickback and-one with 2:02 to go to get Virginia back within three.

A pair of Brown free throws with 1:47 to go pushed the lead back to five.

Cal jumped out to an 8-0 lead as Virginia didn’t get on the board for the first 4:23.

The Cavs shot 17-of-32 from the field (53.1 percent) in the second half.

Anthony Gill led Virginia with 17 points, but the senior was just 5-of-14 from the field. Freshman Jarred Reuter had 11 points off the bench, including seven in the first half, when little else was working offensively for the ‘Hoos.

Brogdon and Perrantes each had 10 for Virginia, which finished 21-of-54 from the field (38.9 percent), but was 7-of-12 from three and 14-of-17 from the foul line.

Cal got 18 points from Brown and nine points and 12 rebounds from Rabb.

The Bears shot 44.2 percent from the field (23-of-52) and 6-of-17 from three.

Cal had a 36-30 advantage on the boards.

 

Virginia Team Notes

  • This was the first all-time meeting between Virginia and Cal; the programs are scheduled to play in Berkeley next season
  • Virginia won its ninth straight game
  • UVA is now 4-4 in overtime games at John Paul Jones Arena; this was the first overtime contest since UVA’s 61-58 win over Maryland on March 10, 2013
  • Virginia’s first lead came at the 1:02 mark of the second half; UVA led for 32 seconds in the game
  • Virginia is now 13-12 against schools currently competing in the Pac-12 Conference
  • UVA is 128-36 in 10 seasons at JPJ, including 90-20 under Tony Bennett
  • UVA’s 11-point second-half deficit was its largest in the second half this season. UVA trailed 68-59 in the second half at George Washington (11/16)
  • Virginia shot just 18 percent in the first half (4-for-22), marking its first time shooting less than 20 percent in a half since shooting 15 percent (3-for-20) in the second half against Wisconsin on Dec. 4, 2013
  • UVA’s 20-point output in the first half was its lowest total in any half this season and its fewest since recording 18 in the first half against Michigan State in the 2015 NCAA Tournament (3/22)
  • UVA was out-rebounded for the second time this season (George Washington)
  • Virginia held Cal scoreless for a span of six minutes, 53 seconds in the second half
  • After scoring just four points in the paint in the first half, UVA scored 20 of its 32 second-half points in the paint
  • Cal was hit one of its last 11 field-goal attempts in regulation

 

Virginia Player Notes

  • Freshman Jarred Reuter scored seven of UVA’s first 14 points and recorded a career-high 11 points. He had four points during his previous six games and totaled 16 points on the season coming into tonight
  • Reuter played a season-high 16 minutes after averaging 6.1 in his first eight games
  • Anthony Gill scored 15 points and reached double figures in scoring for the 11th straight game this year

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