March 18, 2017
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Mamadi Diakite lead the team with nine points while Jack Salt had eight points and 10 rebounds as fifth-seeded Virginia fell to No. 4 seed Florida 65-39 on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Devin Robinson had 14 points and 11 rebounds, the fifth double-double of his career. Justin Leon added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Gators (26-8), who advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the 11th time in school history and fifth in the last seven years. They will play No. 8 seed Wisconsin in the East Regional in New York City on Friday.
They can thank stingy defense and a run spanning halftime for this trip to Madison Square Garden.
Florida held Virginia (23-11) to a season-low 17 points in the first half and 30.2 percent shooting on the night. The turning point came late in the first half, when the Gators started a 21-0 run that was their most lopsided of the season.
Speedy guards Kasey Hill and Chris Chiozza repeatedly broke down Virginia's ''pack line'' defense, creating open looks for Leon and Robinson.
Coach Mike White's team closed the first half with a 12-0 spurt and built a 14-point lead at the break. The Gators came out of the locker room with the same energy and effort, scoring nine straight points that included two 3-pointers from Leon.
Virginia coach Tony Bennett called time out, but it was too little, too late.
Leon made 4 of 8 shots, and Robinson, who had 24 points in the opening round, finished 5 of 8 from the field.
Virginia: The Cavaliers were looking to reach the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in the last four years, and the reason was obvious. Outsiders figured the Cavs would be in trouble if London Perrantes and Marial Shayok stopped making shots, and they were. Perrantes was 2 of 12, and Shayok 2 of 9.
Butts' Bond With Benkert GrowingFootball10/18/17A redshirt junior from the Philadelphia area, UVA tight end Evan Butts has become one of quarterback Kurt Benkert's most reliable targets.Salt Evolving Into Pivotal PresenceMen's Basketball10/17/17A redshirt junior from New Zealand, 6-11 center Jack Salt has grown into a team leader for UVA, which has made four straight NCAA tournament appearances.Cavalier Men's Basketball NotebookMen's Basketball10/16/17The season starts Nov. 10 for the Cavaliers, whose third annual Pepsi Blue-White scrimmage is Sunday afternoon at JPJ.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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