Las vigas — Armand Franklin Scored 26 points, and No. 16-ranked Virginia used a big second-half run to knock out No. 5 Baylor 86-79 Friday night in the team’s first game since three Cavaliers football players were killed in a campus shooting.
Virginia players wore jerseys during warm-ups that honored the victims of the shooting Sunday, forcing the cancellation of the Cavaliers’ home game scheduled for the next day. A former Virginia football player has been charged with murder in the killings of Lavell Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and Deshaun Berry.
The Cavaliers (3-0) will play the winner of Friday night’s game between No. 19 Illinois and No. 8 UCLA in Sunday’s Continental Tires Main Event Championship. Baylor (3-1) faces loser in the consolation game.
Virginia took a 21-2 lead in the second half and took a two-run lead by 22 points.
“Which [big run] Gave us distance, and we definitely needed the way they got back.” “We couldn’t stop them in the end, which was the disappointing part.”
Franklin scored 10 points during that dash, and finished 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range.
Franklin said, “I know I’ve got teammates in a position to get the ball for me, and same for them. I know they can make for their own. It was just taking open shots and getting ready to shoot.”
Trailing 62-40 midway through the second half, Baylor responded 8-0. The Bears used all-out pressure and continued to pull back, twice going as close as six points, but Virginia held.
“We’ve got to do a better job of getting easy buckets,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “Usually, we get them out of our defensive transition, and we haven’t stopped for 10 minutes.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.