|Posted on March 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
The Louisville Cardinals were hoping the third time would be a charm, having lost their two regular season games to the Virginia Cavaliers, the latter one by a point after the Cavaliers scored five points in the final 0.9 seconds.
Virginia, on the other hand, was looking for the clean sweep versus Louisville, and a more convincing win than a last-second heave like in their previous match-up.
It was all Cavaliers to begin the game, with the team getting out to as much as a 17-point advantage on the Cardinals with about three minutes before the break.
Virginia would hold onto a double-digit lead at halftime, ahead by 11, 38-27.
But Louisville would not go quietly out of the tournament, surging in the second half to get their deficit down to as little as four points, following a dunk by freshman forward Jordan Nwora with 8:55 left to play in the game, making it 56-52 Virginia.
The Cavaliers responded with an 8-0 run, which raised their lead back to double-digits, at 64-52 after a jumper by senior guard Devon Hall with 5:39 to play.
Including the 8-0 run, Virginia ended the contest on an 18-6 run en route to a 75-58 victory that advances them to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) men's basketball tournament semifinals.
The top scorer for Virginia was sophomore guard Kyle Guy with 19, followed by Hall with 14, freshman fuard De'Andre Hunter with 12, sophomore guard Ty Jerome with 11, and sophomore forward Mamadi Diakite with 10.
Junior forward Ray Spalding led all Louisville scorers with 14 points, followed by junior forward Deng Adel with 13 and sophomore forward V.J. King with 11.