CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's stars weren't around so
sophomore J.R. Reynolds stepped up in overtime to take the
Reynolds' driving layup with 1.5 seconds remaining gave the
25th-ranked Cavaliers a 79-77 victory over Loyola Marymount on
"I don't know how we won. ... Luckily, J.R. had the guts to
make that drive and make a big shot," Virginia coach Pete Gillen
said. "We had guys hurt and guys in foul trouble. We had different
groups in there for most of the game but our guys just showed
courage and got the victory."
It was the first game for the Cavaliers (8-1) since Dec. 8
because of an exam break.
Elton Brown led Virginia with 25 points but he fouled out.
Devin Smith, the Cavaliers' leading scorer going into the game
with an 18.1 average, finished with 12 points after leaving the
game with 12:26 remaining with an apparent ankle injury.
And Virginia played without starting power forward Jason Clark,
who had stretched a ligament in his Achilles' tendon.
That set the stage for Reynolds, who was 3-for-9 from the field
and had seven points. He said his winning basket was "a shot I
that I make in practice."
"I just drove the lane and floated it," said Reynolds, who on
the previous possession committed a turnover that allowed the Lions
to tie the game with 13 seconds remaining.
Sean Singletary added 12 points for the Cavaliers, including a
key 3-pointer in overtime, and T.J. Bannister had 11 points.
Matthew Knight led Loyola Marymount (7-3) with 27 points.
"I thought we played very hard in a very hostile environment
and had a chance to win," said Lions coach Steve Aggers, whose
team nearly upset Washington (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) earlier this month.
Virginia led 77-73 with 40 seconds remaining in overtime and
appeared in control of the game. But Dustin Brown hit a jumper to
make it 77-75 and then Wes Wardrop stole the ball from Reynolds and
sped in for a layup to tie it.
Loyola Marymount led 65-60 with 3:14 remaining but the Cavaliers
rallied to tie the game at 67 and force the overtime.
The Lions twice led by as many as eight points in the first
half, including a 24-16 lead with 8:05 left. The Cavaliers finished
the half with an 18-4 run to take a 34-28 lead.
Reynolds sparked the spurt with a 3-pointer that made it 24-21
with 7:01 left. Moments later, Reynolds gave Virginia a 29-24 lead
when he converted an alley-oop pass from Bannister. Donte Minter
capped the run and the half with a layup just before the buzzer for
the six-point lead.