Cold-shooting Virginia falls in OT to Miami, loses 4th straight

On the night UVA shot just 28 percent from the floor and made just two of 20 tries from beyond the arc.

Excuse Cavaliers faithful for wondering just when that will be.

With 19 seconds left in the overtime period, down by one with no type of offensive flow, freshman guard Bruce Brown knocked down a three-pointer with a hand in his face to give Miami a 50-48 lead.

"It was there for the taking - and we didn't", coach Tony Bennett said.

The Cavaliers did use a 12-0 run in a span of 2:24 to open a 35-24 lead with 12 minutes to play in the game, but just as quickly, they went cold, not scoring for almost six minutes thereafter.

They didn't because they've lost all confidence in themselves when it comes to the fundamental of putting the ball in the basket.

"I think our poor offense hurt our defense", Bennett said.

Clearly, and none more than their senior leader. Senior point guard London Perrantes - the team's leading scorer - continued his slump, going two of 15 for just four points.

"He is getting matched pretty hard", Bennett said of teams swarming Perrantes because they fear no other Cavalier. With Brogdon in the house.

He's since made a name for himself as a rookie, especially in a December game against the Cleveland Cavaliers when he hammered down a reverse dunk over Lebron James. The three-game stretch ends with a visit from Pittsburgh on November 18.

Junior forward Isaiah Wilkins tops the team in rebounding (6.3) and freshman guard Kyle Guy is third in the league in 3-point shooting (46.6) despite missing all three attempts against North Carolina. "If we can do that and do some good things offensively, then we have a good chance". "I thought we were a bit tighter tonight". Retiring Brogdon's No. 15 on Presidents' Day?

Clemson enters the game 14-12 overall and 4-10 in league play. Nothing good is ever going to come easy.

Virginia is in the midst of a three-game losing streak following a 65-41 loss at North Carolina. But the Cavaliers went off for 14 points on their next six trips, and all seemed right at John Paul Jones Arena.

The strong defensive effort began in the opening half, where Miami held Virginia (18-9, 8-7 ACC) to its fewest points this season, when heading into the locker room.

Though Buzz Williams' squad endured an ugly loss to conference-cellar team N.C. State, who announced it will fire coach Mark Gottfried at the end of the season, the Hokies have taken down the likes of Duke, Virginia and Syracuse this year.

The Cavaliers need immeasurable help to earn a top-four ACC tournament seed for the sixth consecutive year, and absent the corresponding double-bye into the quarterfinals, they'd need to win four games in as many days to cut down the nets. Last season, the Hokies had to delay their ACC Coastal celebration a week because the Yellow Jackets pulled off the upset in Lane Stadium. The aim is to regain some degree of confidence and to recharge for the NCAA tournament.

But Virginia's aim now isn't a celebration in Brooklyn.

  • Larry Hoffman