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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Armaan Franklin scored a career-high 26 points, and No. 16 Virginia used a big second-half run to knock off No. 5 Baylor 86-79 in the team’s first game since three Cavaliers football players were killed in a campus shooting. Virginia’s players wore sweatshirts in warmups that honored the victims from Sunday’s shooting, which led to the cancellation of the Cavaliers’ scheduled home game a day later. Virginia went on a 21-2 run in the second half and twice went ahead by 22 points. Franklin scored 10 points during that burst. Keyonte George scored 20 points for Baylor and LJ Cryer had 19.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Virginia’s basketball players wore sweatshirts in warmups for Friday’s game against Baylor that honored three Cavaliers football players who were fatally shot nearly a week ago. The names of those players were on the backs of the shirts, and their jersey numbers and the words “UVA Strong” were on the front. The game in the Continental Tire Main Event in Las Vegas was Virginia’s first basketball game since the campus shooting Sunday in which the three football players were killed. The Cavaliers canceled Monday’s home game against Northern Iowa. No. 16 Virginia beat No. 5 Baylor 86-79.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — It’s almost like Miami coach Jim Larrañaga wrote the script. A game against his alma mater, a milestone that few have reached just one win away. That’s the scenario on Saturday. Larrañaga and Miami take on Providence in the opening round of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut — with the Hurricanes’ coach, and 1971 Providence graduate, entering with 699 career wins.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Colin Castleton scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half and Florida overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to beat Florida State 76-67. Florida improves to 3-1 under first-year coach Todd Golden. Florida State, which had never even started a season with two straight losses since Leonard Hamilton took over the program in 2002, is now 0-4.
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) — Makai Ashton-Langford scored 17 points, CJ Penha Jr. added 11 points and eight rebounds and Boston College beat George Mason 71-56 in a first-round game at the Paradise Jam. Penha hit a 3-pointer to cap an 11-2 opening run and Boston College led the rest of the way. Ronald Polite III hit a jumper that trimmed the Patriots’ deficit to 21-15 with 10:51 left in the first half but they didn’t score again until Saquan Singleton made layup with 4:16 until halftime that snapped a 15-0 run by Boston College (3-1). Victor Bailey Jr. led George Mason (2-2) with 15 points and seven rebounds.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Chase Hunter hit 5 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with 15 points and eight assists, Ian Schieffelin scored 11 of his 13 points in the final 8 minutes and Clemson held on to beat Bellarmine 76-66. Garrett Tipton hit a 3-pointer and then Bash Wieland made a layup to give Bellarmine its first lead with 13:49 to play but the Tigers used an 11-4 spurt to take the lead for good about 3 minutes later. Weiland scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half for Bellarmine (2-2). Juston Betz added 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Clemson hit 13 3-pointers and made 19 of 22 (86%) from the free-throw line.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Dane Goodwin scored 24 points and buried a go-ahead 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining to lift Notre Dame to a 66-65 victory over upset-minded Lipscomb. Nate Laszewski and Goodwin hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Irish (4-0) a 50-40 lead with 10 minutes left to play. The Bisons battled back and took a 63-61 lead on Trae Benham’s four-point play with 2:12 remaining. Cormac Ryan scored in the paint for Notre Dame to knot the score at 63. Lipscomb went up two on Derrin Boyd’s layup with 1:31 left. Trey Wertz missed a layup for the Irish and Benham missed a jumper at the other end before Goodwin settled matters with an assist from Ryan. Boyd missed a jumper on the game’s final shot.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Miami first-year coach Mario Cristobal knows that No. 9 Clemson is the ACC program he’s got to chase down. Cristobal say the Tigers have a culture of success that’s put them on top of the conference. Clemson is seeking its fourth undefeated ACC regular season since 2015. The Tigers have also won 39 in a row at home, a streak that began in November 2016. Miami has had its struggles in Cristobal’s debut season. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said the Hurricanes have the pieces in place to get back toward the top. The two teams play Saturday.
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