The mistakes kept piling up for third-ranked Virginia, which was careless with the ball, struggled on the offensive glass and squandered a double-figure lead in the second half.
Fortunately for head coach Tony Bennett, the Cavaliers still managed to squeeze out a road win against a ranked opponent. Kyle Guy hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with two minutes left in overtime and Virginia beat No. 23 North Carolina State 66-65 on Tuesday night.
“We’ll live and learn,” Bennett said. “Fortunate to get out of here.”
Indeed, Virginia (19-1, 7-1 ACC) went from controlling the game’s flow to wasting a 14-point lead and then having De’Andre Hunter foul Markell Johnson of N.C. State (16-5, 4-4) on a forced 3-point try for the tie in the final seconds of overtime.
Johnson — who had hit two free throws with 29.7 seconds left in regulation to force overtime — missed the first foul shot, made the second and then sank the third while apparently trying to miss. Ty Jerome then inbounded the ball to Guy, who flung it to the other end as time expired.
“It was a feeling of relief,” Guy said. “That was a bad game on our part.”
#1 Tennessee 92, S. Carolina 70: Admiral Schofield had 20 of his 24 points in the second half to lead the visiting Volunteers to their school-record-tying 15th straight victory. Grant Williams added 23 points for the Vols (19-1, 7-0 SEC), whose double-digit lead was cut to 60-58 with 13 minutes to play. Jordan Bone then scored five straight points to start an 18-6 run. Chris Silva had 28 points and 10 rebounds for South Carolina (10-10, 5-2), which fell to 1-13 against No. 1 opponents.
#5 Michigan 65, Ohio State 49: Zavier Simpson had 11 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, and the host Wolverines (20-1, 9-1 Big Ten) forced 19 turnovers. The Buckeyes (13-7, 3-6) have lost six of seven.
#7 Kentucky 87, Vanderbilt 52: P.J. Washington had a double-double by halftime and finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds as the visiting Wildcats (17-3, 6-1 SEC) earned their seventh straight victory in the rout. Vanderbilt (9-11, 0-7) has lost eight straight games.
#8 Nevada 87, UNLV 70: In Las Vegas, Caleb Martin had 26 points and six rebounds in leading the Wolf Pack (20-1, 7-1 Mountain West) to their sixth straight win, five by double digits. Nevada has outscored its opponents by an average of 20.3 points during the streak. Jordan Caroline added 18 points and 10 rebounds for Nevada, his 12th double-double of the season. Cody Martin chipped in 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
#9 N. Carolina 77, Georgia Tech 54: Cameron Johnson scored 22 points and the visiting Tar Heels (16-4, 6-1 ACC) won their fourth straight. Coby White added 19 points and shot 5-for-9 from 3-point range for North Carolina. Abdoulaye Gueye scored 14 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (11-10, 3-5).
Texas 73, #11 Kansas 63: Dylan Osetkowksi scored 16 points and the host Longhorns used stifling defense to snap a 10-game losing streak to Kansas. Texas (12-9, 4-4) hadn’t beaten the Jayhawks since 2014. Texas held Kansas’ leading scorer Dedric Lawson without a point in the first half and the Jayhawks (16-5, 5-3) to 23, their fewest in a half this season.
#18 Buffalo 83, Ball State 59: Dontay Caruthers scored 21 points and the Bulls (19-2, 7-1 Mid-American) cruised to their 21st straight home victory. CJ Massinburg had 16 points and nine rebounds, and the Bulls’ defense forced 18 turnovers. K.J. Walton scored 18 before fouling out for the Cardinals (11-10, 2-6).
#21 Maryland 70, Northwestern 52: Bruno Fernando had 22 points and 10 rebounds, freshman Jalen Smith scored 14 points and the host Terrapins (17-5, 8-3 Big Ten) emphatically ended a two-game skid. It was the third straight double-double and 13th of the season for Fernando, a 6-foot-10 sophomore who helped Maryland finish with a 44-28 rebounding advantage. Anthony Gaines scored 18 points and Dererk Pardon added 14 for the Wildcats (12-9, 3-7).
Alabama 83, #22 Mississippi State 79: Donta Hall scored 19 points to lead the host Crimson Tide (13-7, 4-3 SEC), who built a 12-point lead at halftime. Reggie Perry led the Bulldogs (15-5, 3-4) with 18 points.
#24 Wisconsin 62, Nebraska 51: Brad Davison scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half and fueled visiting Wisconsin’s decisive surge. The Badgers (15-6, 7-3 Big Ten) won their fourth straight game. The Cornhuskers (13-8, 3-7), playing their first game without injured forward Isaac Copeland, lost their fourth straight and sixth in eight games. Their 51 points were a season low.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Virginia-sloppy-but-still-manages-win-at-North-13572499.php.