Augusta Free Press

Stunned: Big Syracuse run ends UVA season, 68-62

Top seed UVA led by 14 at the half, 16 early in the second half and 15 with 9:32 to go, but a 25-4 Syracuse run turned the game around and lifted the Orange to a 68-62 win in the Midwest Regional final Sunday night in Chicago.

Syracuse (23-13) trailed 54-39 after a London Perrantes three with 9:32 to go. After a Tyler Roberson dunk 16 seconds later, Orange coach Jim Boeheim had his team go to a full-court press to try to speed up tempo.

It worked.

Virginia (29-8), in its next 10 possessions, over a span of 5:22, committed three turnovers and missed four layups, and Syracuse used the opening to create a bevy of open shots.

Back-to-back threes by Malachi Richardson and Tyler Lydon cut the deficit to three at 58-55 with 6:50 to go, and driving layups by Michael Gbinije and Richardson gave the Orange its first lead since the opening minutes, at 59-58, with 5:50 left.

A three by Richardson with 4:37 to go pushed the lead to four at 62-58, and a Richardson layup at the 3:27 mark had the margin at six at 64-58.

An Anthony Gill layup with 1:42 to go cut the lead to four, and Virginia would close back to within two on a pair of free throws by Brogdon with 27 seconds left.

Gbinije missed the first of two free throws with 25 seconds left, leaving the door open for the Cavs.

Devon Hall ended up taking the most meaningful shot of the season, a contested three from the left wing that missed badly with 12 seconds left.

Syracuse closed the game out at the foul line.

The ‘Hoos led 35-21 at the break, holding Syracuse to 30.8 percent shooting (8-of-26) from the field and 1-of-9 shooting from three.

Perrantes was on fire in the first half for UVA, connecting on 5-of-7 from long-range. The junior was just 1-for-3 from deep in the second half and finished with 18 to lead the Cavs.

Brogdon had 12, but had a horrid night from the field, shooting just 2-of-14 from the floor and 1-of-6 from three-point range.

Gill and Mike Tobey each had 10 for Virginia.

Syracuse benefitted from getting to the line early and often in the second half, going 16-of-18 from the stripe in the final 20 minutes and 20-of-25 for the game.

Virginia was 10-of-12 at the line, with Brogdon going 7-of-7.

UVA committed 13 turnovers, and Syracuse had a 15-2 advantage in points off turnovers.

Virginia has not been to a Final Four since the 1984 season.


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