The Miami basketball team survived a 13-5 Virginia run in the last 1:02 to defeat the number six Cavaliers 66-64 on Tuesday night at the Watsco Center. Miami ended a six-game losing streak to Virginia and had lost 10 of the last 12 games to UVA. Isaiah Wong continued to lead the way with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Miami bolted to a 12-2 lead early in the game after Virginia scored the first two points of the game. After Virginia answered with an 8-2 run, Miami scored 12 of the next 14 points to take a 26-12 lead. The last of that 12-2 run came on a Wong four-point play. Virginia was able to get within 36-26 at halftime.
The Miami basketball team scored the first five points of the second half to take its biggest lead of the game at 41-26. Virginia went on a 16-2 run to cut the deficit to 43-42. The game was tight throughout most of the rest of the second half before Miami took a 61-51 lead with 1:56 on a Wong free throw.
Virginia began its late run with a Reece Beekman layup. Ben Vander Plas had back-to-back scores followed by a Kehei Clark layup to cut the Miami lead to two with 26 seconds remaining. Jordan Miller made two free throws with 26 seconds remaining to stretch the Miami lead back to four points.
Beekman made another layup followed by two Wong free throws with 14 seconds remaining. Wong fouled Clark on a three-point attempt with five seconds remaining. Clark made all three free throws to get cut the Miami lead to 65-64. Virginia fouled Nijel Pack on the ensuing inbounds play and he split his free throws.
Beekman couldn’t get a shot off and Miami survived and earned its first victory over a ranked team this season. Miami last defeated a ranked team when they beat number eight Auburn in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Miami is off until December 28 when the Hurricanes host Vermont at 8:00 PM ET.