Virginia 76, SMU 73

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Anthony Gill scored a game-high 19 points and Virginia slipped past SMU 76-73 on Friday night in the semifinals of the Corpus Christi Challenge.

Virginia (6-1) will now play the winner of Missouri State-Texas A&M in the championship game on Saturday night.

Trailing by one with less than five seconds to play, SMU had a chance to take the lead, but junior center Yanick Moreira was called for a travel to give Virginia the ball. Joe Harris sealed the win with two free throws.

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Harris finished with 15 points.

SMU (5-2) was led by sophomore Nic Moore's 17 points. Markus Kennedy added 14.

The largest lead of the first half was six when Virginia was up 12-6 with 13:48 left.

Virginia made seven field goals in the first 20 minutes, with six of those from beyond the 3-point line. The Cavaliers were just 1-for-12 from two-point range but 6-for-8 from beyond the arc.

Virginia sophomore forward Evan Nolte came off the bench to score eight points in the first half but was called for his third foul late in the half. Guard Malcolm Brogdon contributed seven first-half points.

Moore scored seven points in the first half for SMU, which made 10-for-23 shots from the the field.


SMU will play the loser of the Missouri State-Texas A&M in the consolation game.

NOTES: This was the first meeting between the schools. ... SMU coach Larry Brown, now in his second season with the Mustangs, has 197 wins as a college coach. ... Virginia is second in the nation in rebounding percentage at .603. ... With two 3-pointers in the first half, Virginia freshman G London Perrantes doubled his season total coming into the game.