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NCAA Game Summary - Memphis vs. Virginia



(Sunday, March 23rd)

Final Score: Virginia 78, Memphis 60

Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Sunday's third-round game was a lot easier for top-seeded Virginia than its second.

Joe Harris had 16 points and five rebounds and the Cavaliers routed Memphis, 78-60, to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1995.

Virginia (30-6), which is a No. 1 seed for the first time since 1983, tied a single-season record for victories with the triumph.

The Cavs survived a scare from 16th-seeded Coastal Carolina in the second round. The contest was tied 47-47 with under nine minutes left before they embarked on an 18-5 run that finally put the game away.

Anthony Gill tallied 13 points and eight rebounds, while Mike Tobey added 11 points and six boards for Virginia, which will face fourth-seeded Michigan State in the East Regional semifinals Friday at Madison Square Garden.

"We know who's waiting, we know how good they are, and it will be us trying to test our game against one of the teams that's playing its best basketball right now," UVA head coach Tony Bennett said.

The Cavaliers shot 55.6 percent (30-of-54) from the floor.

Austin Nichols had 15 points to lead the eighth-seeded Tigers (23-10), who beat George Washington in the second round on Friday.

"They've got to be the best defensive team I've ever played against in college," Memphis' leading scorer and senior Joe Jackson said.

Memphis has not reached the Sweet 16 during head coach Josh Pastner's tenure. The last time the Tigers reached the regional semifinals was 2009, John Calipari's final year as head coach before Pastner took over.

After Jackson's dunk got Memphis within 19-18 with 6:34 left in the opening half, Virginia netted 10 straight points to seize control of the contest.

Following back-to-back triples by Harris and London Perrantes, Malcolm Brogdon capped the surge with a layup for a 29-18 cushion.

Gill's tip-in with three seconds remaining in the half gave the Cavs a healthy 35-20 advantage at the break.

The Tigers never cut the deficit below 13 over the final 20 minutes as Virginia led by as many as 27 before cruising to the easy win.

Game Notes

The Cavaliers were 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent (13-of-16) from the foul line ... Virginia outrebounded Memphis, 40-28 ... The Tigers shot 40.7 percent (24-of-59) from the field.

03/24 01:10:56 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 102
DET 78
Final
PHI 9
ATL 2
Final
MIN 4
BOS 4
Final
HOU 3
DET 2
Final
NYY 0
TAM 3
Final
BOS 7
TOR 9
Final
MIA 8
WAS 0
Final
NYM 4
STL 5
Final
OAK 4
ANA 1
Final
KAN 4
LOS 4
Final
CIN 0
ARI 3
Final
SEA 4
CWS 12
Final
SFG 5
CLE 2
Final
CHC 11
MIL 7
Final
CWS 2
SDP 8
Final
COL 10
TEX 4
Final
BAL 3
PIT 3
 
Final
CHA 102
DET 78
Final
WAS 106
PHI 93
Final
ORL 91
SAN 103
Final
NYK 98
BRK 100
Final
BOS 100
IND 87
Final
MIL 95
CHI 91
Final
OKC 131
DAL 135
Final
HOU 115
SAC 111
Final
MIN 99
TOR 113
Final
UTA 98
DEN 84
 
3rd
POR 78
LAC 72
 
2nd
LAL 47
NOP 52
 
Final
LAMON 62
LOYC 63
Final
BUF 4
TOR 3
Final
PIT 1
PHI 4
2nd
ANA 4
EDM 0
 
1st Intermission
SJS 0
COL 0