Anthony Gill made several big buckets late in the second half and finished with 19 points to lead Virginia over SMU 76-73 in the semifinals of the Corpus Christi Challenge Friday evening. The Cavaliers improved to 6-1 with the win.
Gill scored 12 points down the stretch to lead the Cavaliers to a 7-point lead with 5:05 remaining.
SMU responded though on several baskets inside the paint, the last a Yanick Moreira lay-in on a nice feed from Markus Kennedy. Moreira was fouled by Joe Harris on the play, and the made free throw drew the lead to 74-73.
Keith Frazier stole the ball from Virginia as they tried to kill the clock, but Moreira was called for travelling with 2.0 seconds remaining. On the following in-bounds play, Harris was fouled and made both ensuing free throws to seal the victory.
Virginia was an impressive 71.4 percent (10 of 14) from beyond the arc. Evan Nolte was 3 of 4 from the 3-point area and finished with 12 points for the Cavs.
It was the first meeting between the two teams. Virginia is now 49-19 against non-conference opponents during the Tony Bennett era.