No. 5 Virginia Ekes Out 63-62 Overtime Win Over Cal
Box Score Dec. 22, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) London Perrantes is starting to make himself a third offensive threat for No. 5 Virginia’s opponents.
The junior guard made a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining in overtime Tuesday night as the Cavaliers survived a poor shooting night and beat California 63-62 for their ninth consecutive victory.
”It wasn’t too clean,” Perrantes said of the shot from in front of the Virginia bench. ”I just felt like if I had a little bit of daylight I was going to let it go. I didn’t shoot a 3 the whole second half, and I’ve been shooting the ball a little bit too well not to.”
Perrantes’ shot was the biggest, coming on a night when the Cavaliers fell well short of their 77.3 scoring average, but hit all the ones they had to have. That included three 3-pointers from Malcolm Brogdon, who missed the nine other shots he took.
”As a shooter, as a scorer, you just keep shooting with confidence and hope they fall when it matters,” said Brogdon, who along with Anthony Gill has become Virginia’s primary scorer. Perrantes, coming off a 19-point effort against Villanova, is third at 11.5 per game.
His second 3 came in a 9-0 run that moved Virginia from a 50-43 deficit to a 52-50 lead, its first all night, with 1:04 left in regulation, and his last one erased most of a five-point deficit with 53 seconds left in overtime, setting the stage for Perrantes’ game-winner.
Overall, Virginia made just 21 of 54 shots (38.9 percent).
Jaylen Brown scored 18 and Jordan Mathews 16 for the Golden Bears (9-3), whose five-game winning streak was snapped. Brown had an opportunity at the end of regulation going one-on-one against Brogdon at the top of the key, but as he tried to make his move, Brogdon knocked the ball away.
”Brogdon made a tremendous play, as an elite defender would do,” Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said.
In overtime, three points each from Brown and Wallace and a putback by Ivan Rabb gave Cal a 60-54 lead with 2:25 remaining, but Isaiah Wilkins’ putback turned into a 3-point play for Virginia, and Brogdon followed two free throws by Brown with his third 3-pointer of the game to make it 62-60.
After a miss by the Golden Bears, Perrantes caught a pass in front of the Cavaliers’ bench and swished home his second 3-pointer to complete the comeback.
”Both teams did enough. We just came up a little short,” Martin said.
The Golden Bears led by as many as 11 twice in the second half, the last time at 46-35 with 13 minutes to go, but a basket by Gill, a dunk by Reuter and Perrantes’ drive pulled the Cavaliers within 46-41, bringing the crowd out of its malaise and into the game. The Bears pushed the lead back to seven three times, the last at 50-43, but they scored just two points in the last 7 1/2 minutes of regulation as Virginia rallied.
Perrantes scored on a drive, Brogdon followed a Cal miss with a 3-pointer for only his second field goal of the night, and Gill followed another miss by the Bears with a basket that pulled Virginia even for the first time, whipping the crowd into a frenzy.
Neither team scored for more than three minutes, and when Isaiah Wilkins finally stole the ball and fed Darius Thompson for a dunk, the Cavaliers had a 52-50 lead and John Paul Jones Arena seemed to be vibrating.
Brown, however, hit a pair of free throws with 41.5 seconds left, and neither team scored again in regulation.
Virginia’s Thompson played for Martin when he was the coach at Tennessee two years ago. Thompson transferred when Martin left to take the Cal job. Thompson’s athletic dunks have made him a crowd favorite at Virginia, but he scored just 5 points in 29 minutes.
California: The Golden Bears’ two losses came in consecutive home games, against San Diego State and Richmond. They had won four in a row before the skid, and arrived at John Paul Jones Arena having won five straight since. … Cal’s last victory against a ranked team came when it beat top-ranked Arizona on Feb. 1, 2014.
Virginia: Freshman Jarred Reuter, who had 16 points in eight prior appearances, led the Cavaliers with seven in the first half, when Virginia shot 4 for 22. … The Cavaliers’ 77.3 scoring average is their highest since they averaged 79.6 in 2001-02.
California is at home against Davidson next Monday night.
Virginia is at home against Oakland next Wednesday night.