Thu. Dec 8th, 2022

LAS VEGAS — Armaan Franklin scored a career-high 26 factors, and No. 16 Virginia used a giant second-half run to knock off No. 5 Baylor 86-79 on Friday evening within the crew’s first recreation since three Cavaliers soccer gamers have been killed in a campus capturing.

Virginia’s gamers wore sweatshirts throughout warmups that honored the victims from Sunday’s capturing, which led to the cancellation of the Cavaliers’ scheduled residence recreation a day later. A former Virginia soccer participant has been charged with homicide within the slayings of Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry.

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The Cavaliers (3-0) will play the winner of Friday’s evening’s matchup between between No. 19 Illinois and No. 8 UCLA in Sunday’s championship of the Continental Tire Predominant Occasion. Baylor (3-1) faces the loser within the comfort recreation.

Virginia went on a 21-2 run within the second half and twice went forward by 22 factors.

“That [big run] gave us a distance, and we definitely wanted that the way in which they got here again,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett stated. “We could not cease them on the finish, which was the disappointing half.”

Franklin scored 10 factors throughout that burst, and he completed 7 of 12 from the sector, together with 3 of 6 from 3-point vary.

“I do know I’ve teammates who’re in place of getting me the ball, and the identical for them,” Franklin stated. “I do know they’ll 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 by the second half, Baylor responded with an 8-0 run. The Bears used a full-court press and saved chipping away, twice getting as shut as six factors, however Virginia held on.

“We have to do a greater job of getting simple buckets,” Baylor coach Scott Drew stated. “Usually, we get them off of our defensive transition, and we did not get any stops 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.

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