Virginia 85, Iowa St. 74
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)—Devin Smith scored 25 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:43 to play Wednesday night, and Virginia rallied to hand Iowa State its first loss, 85-74.
The Cavaliers (9-1) trailed for much of the second half against the bigger, more physical Cyclones (7-1), but used a 19-5 run to take control after falling behind by seven with just over nine minutes remaining.
The run started when Virginia held the Cyclones scoreless for 2:18 and put together a 12-4 run to take the lead at 69-68 with 4:52 left. Derrick Byars capped the burst with a 3-pointer and two free throws.
After Curtis Stinson made one of two free throws for Iowa State, Smith hit a 3-pointer, Byars scored on a dunk after a steal by Gary Forbes and Smith made another steal and two free throws, boosting the lead to 76-69.
The Cyclones, who started the night as one of 12 unbeaten teams in Division I under first-year coach Wayne Morgan, lost despite outrebounding the Cavaliers 40-23. Iowa State had 23 turnovers, while Virginia had 15 steals and just five giveaways.
Byars had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers, making him the only Virginia player with more than five. Dante Minter scored 11.
Jared Homan led Iowa State with 19 points and nine rebounds, Jake Sullivan added 16 points and Stinson had 14 along with eight rebounds.
The Cyclones appeared to be wearing Virginia down in the second half, outscoring them 15-7 over more than seven minutes to lead 64-57. More than nine minutes remained, but Virginia coach Pete Gillen called a timeout, the Cavaliers began their rally and the Cyclones couldn’t stop them.
The first half was close throughout, with Iowa State leading 8-2 after 2 1/2 minutes and Virginia in front by no more than five. The Cavaliers had just three turnovers and forced 10 to counter the Cyclones’ 19-7 rebounding advantage and 62 percent to 55 percent shooting edge.