UNCASVILLE, Conn. – San Francisco shocked No. 4 Virginia on Friday, scoring the biggest upset of the young college basketball season and the program’s biggest win in decades.
Jamaree Bouyea scored 19 points and the Dons used a late 8-0 run to beat the Cavaliers 61-60 in the Homelight Classic, part of the “Bubbleville” event at the Mohegan Sun arena .
Khalil Shabazz added 14 points and Taavi Jurkatamm had two big 3-pointers in the second half for USF (2-1), which was playing its third game in three days.
“For us to be able to compete like this on a national stage, on national TV, against one of the winningest programs in the country, this is a big, big step for our program,” said Todd Golden, the Dons’ 35-year-old coach.
Reece Beekman and Justin McCoy each scored 11 points for Virginia (1-1), a 15½-point favorite. Marquette transfer Sam Hauser added 10 points but missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left that would have won the game for the Cavaliers.
“Look at it in the mirror, grow from it,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “We’ve got to kind of harden up.
“We’ve got to get gritty. We’ve got to be tougher to score against and be the best version of ourselves.”
Virginia led by three points at halftime and scored the first four points of the second half to take a 28-21 lead. But San Francisco went on an 11-0 run from there.
There were 11 lead changes and five ties in the game as neither team could get much separation.
A jumper by Hauser put Virginia ahead 54-53 with 3:42 left, but that was its last lead of the game.
A strip by Bouyea led to a 3-pointer from Shabazz that gave the Dons a 58-54 advantage. Jurkatamm made it 61-54 with a 3-pointer the next trip down the court.
UVA chipped away and had a chance to win after Josh Kunen missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 10 seconds left.
But Hauser’s attempt fell off the rim and Trey Murphy III couldn’t convert a tip just before the buzzer.
“Nothing is assumed because of what’s on the front of your jersey,” Bennett said.
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