No. 3 Virginia gives up huge lead, rallies to beat Miami in 2OT
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — No. 3 Virginia squandered a 19-point first-half lead and then came from behind in both extra periods to remain unbeaten by defeating the Miami Hurricanes in double overtime Saturday, 89-80.
Virginia never led in the first OT, but the Cavaliers’ Justin Anderson made three free throws with 20 seconds left and sank a game-tying 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to force the second.
Anderson gave the Cavaliers their first lead of the extra periods when he scored with 3:41 to go in the second overtime, and they pulled away from there. Sophomore London Perrantes scored a career-high 26 points for Virginia, going 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and added eight assists.
The Cavaliers (13-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) are off to their best start since 1980-81. They improved to 1-6 in Coral Gables and won for only the second time in their past 19 games in Florida. Miami (10-4, 0-1 ACC) has lost four of six.
Miami shot 5 for 17 in the overtime periods, including 1 for 7 from 3-point range.
The Hurricanes trailed for more than 36 consecutive minutes before Angel Rodriguez made three free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining to force overtime. The Cavaliers were up by five points with eight seconds to go in regulation, and Evan Nolte had a chance to seal the win with five seconds left but missed two foul shots.
Tonye Jekiri and Rodriguez scored on the Hurricanes’ opening two possessions of the first overtime for a four-point lead. Rodriguez made two free throws with 21 seconds left to go up 71-68, before the Cavaliers mounted their comeback.
Anderson had 16 points in 46 minutes, and Mike Tobey scored 14. Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon fouled out and scored eight points, five below his average, in 26 minutes.
Rodriguez, a junior, had a career-high 25 points and seven assists but shot only 7 for 22.
The Cavaliers made their first five 3-point shots and built early leads of 21-9 and 34-15. It was 38-20 at halftime.
Virginia: The game will hurt the Cavaliers’ scoring defense average of 48.3 points, which was second in the nation. But they held an opponent under 50 percent shooting for the 38th consecutive conference game — Miami shot 40 percent.
Miami: The Hurricanes didn’t get to the free throw line until 31 minutes into the game, and then finished 17 for 24.
Virginia hosts North Carolina State on Wednesday.
Miami hosts Boston College next Saturday.