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RECAP: Virginia thwarts upset bid from UNC-Wilmington, advances to Second Round with 76-71 win

Virginia used a late first half run to eliminate the 15-point lead for the Seahawks, and they held on in the second for the 76-71 victory. (Source: Virginia Men’s Basketball)

ORLANDO, Fla. — It may have been the second game of the NCAA Tournament, but it also provided fans with another exciting finish.

Coming into the 2017 NCAA Tournament, the UNC Wilmington Seahawks were a trendy upset pick against the Virginia Cavaliers.

The Seahawks came into the afternoon averaging a shade over 85 points per contest, good for 10th in the nation. On the flip side, Virginia makes their mark on the defensive end of the floor.

Early on, it looked as though the Seahawks’ offense was going to break the defense of the Cavaliers. An early 16-2 run gave UNC Wilmington a 26-11 lead with 7:25 to play in the opening frame.

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett made a lineup change, going with a smaller lineup. It worked.

The Seahawks were held without a field goal the rest of the way in the first half, and the Cavaliers took a one-point lead into the break. In the second half, the teams went back and forth, but it was the play of a senior guard that pushed Virginia to the win.

London Perrantes assumed the role of hero, hitting a pair of crucial runners to keep Virginia in the lead. In the end, the Cavaliers put to rest any doubts, and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament with a 76-71 victory. Continue reading RECAP: Virginia thwarts upset bid from UNC-Wilmington, advances to Second Round with 76-71 win