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1-seed Virginia overcomes halftime deficit, beats No. 16 Gardner-Webb 71-56

Cavaliers did not let history repeat itself

Kihei Clark #0 of the Virginia Cavaliers handles the ball against Jaheam Cornwall #1 of the Gardner Webb Runnin Bulldogs in the second half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kihei Clark #0 of the Virginia Cavaliers handles the ball against Jaheam Cornwall #1 of the Gardner Webb Runnin Bulldogs in the second half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Despite trailing after the first half, 1-seed Virginia fought back Friday to prevent history from repeating itself and instead, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, beating 16-seed Gardner-Webb 71-56.

The Cavaliers went into the locker room trailing 36-30, but outscored the Runnin' Bulldogs 41-20 in the second half to win.

UVA was led by sophomore guard De'Andre Hunter, who scored 23 points.

Last season, UVA became the first No. 1 seed to ever lose to a 16-seed after being upset by UMBC 74-54.

UVA will play 9-seed Oklahoma on Sunday.


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