The Virginia men's basketball team won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in seven years, as the Cavaliers beat Coastal Carolina 70-59 in Raleigh, North Carolina Friday night.
The top-seed in the East Region trailed the 16-seed Chanticleers by as many as 10 points in the first half, an were down 35-30 at halftime.
"They were ready to play, and we were off," says UVa head coach Tony Bennett. "We were struggling to score. We weren't as sharp defensively as we needed to be. But then in the 2nd half, I think the guys kept their composure. Got a great lift certainly, from Evan Nolte and Anthony Gill, and tried not to panic, but tried to up the ante defensively."
Sophomore's Evan Nolte and Anthony Gill came off the bench to combine for 25 points for Virginia.
"We weren't really executing like we should have," says Gill. "We weren't moving the ball like we usually do. The 2nd half we just decided to play as a team. That's how we've been winning games all season, and we just decided to pick it up right there, and play for each other."
Freshman London Perrantes had 12 points and six assists for the Cavaliers, while sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points.
UVa (29-6) will play 8-seed Memphis (24-9) Sunday night at 8:40 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.