CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The #4 Virginia men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Friday, as the Cavaliers were upset 61-60 against unranked San Francisco in Uncasville, CT.
UVA was held to 3-of-13 shooting from three-point range against the Dons, after making fifteen triples in their season-opening win against Towson.
San Francisco connected on 13-of-28 three-pointers against the Pack Line Defense.
Virginia led 54-53 with 3:42 remaining, but the Dons took the lead with an 8-0 run.
The Wahoos held San Francisco scoreless over the final 2:13, but they were unable to come all the way back, as three-point attempt by Sam Hauser bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
Head coach Tony Bennett says, “They made enough big plays, and we had enough breakdowns. They ran good offense, and whenever we broke down, or broke down, we took advantage of it, because of their ability to shoot, and their quickness with the guards. When we got to the rim, we didn’t finish. We weren’t great, that’s for sure, and the stats back that up.”
Freshman forward Justin McKoy adds, “They definitely out-hustled us, had more energy than us. Everything is a learning experience, whether it was a win, or a loss. This is definitely a learning experience. We take it for what it is, and move on.”
The largest lead for either team was eight in the first half (UVA 11-3), and Virginia was up 24-21 at halftime.
Freshmen Justin McKoy and Reece Beekman each scored a career-high 11 points to lead the ‘Hoos.
Jamaree Bouyea tallied a game-high 19 for San Francisco.
Virginia (1-1) will take on Saint Francis in its home opener on Tuesday at four o’clock.