Number 16 Virginia upsets Number 5 Baylor in first game since campus shooting

LAS VEGAS – Armaan Franklin scored a career-high 26 points and No. 16 Virginia used a big run in the second half to defeat No. 5 Baylor 86-79 on Friday night in the team’s first game since three Cavaliers football players were killed in a shooting on campus.

Virginia players wore sweatshirts during warmups in honor of the victims of Sunday’s shooting, leading to the cancellation of the Cavaliers’ scheduled home game a day later. A former Virginia football player has been charged with the murders of Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry.

The Cavaliers (3-0) will play the winner of Friday night’s matchup between No. 19 Illinois and No. 8 UCLA in Sunday’s Continental Tire Main Event Championship. Baylor (3-1) faces the loser in the consolation game.

Virginia went on a 21-2 run in the second half, going ahead by 22 points twice.

“That [big run] gave us a distance, and we definitely needed it the way they came back,” said Virginia coach Tony Bennett. “We couldn’t stop them at the end, that was the disappointing part.”

Franklin scored 10 points on that burst and he finished 7 of 12 from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range.

“I know I have teammates who are in a position to give me the ball, and the same goes for them,” said Franklin. “I know they can create for themselves. It was just shooting open shots and being ready to shoot.”

Keyonte George scored 20 points for Baylor and LJ Cryer had 19.

Trailing 62-40 midway through the second half, Baylor responded with an 8-0 run. The Bears used a full-court press and continued to chip, coming close to six points twice, but Virginia held on.

“We have to try harder to get easy buckets,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “Normally we take them out of our defensive transition and we didn’t get any stops for 10 minutes.”

Kadin Shedrick added 17 points for the Cavaliers, Ben Vander Plas had 14 and Reece Beekman scored 10.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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