Gardner, No. 3 Virginia rally for 70-68 win at Michigan


Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tony Bennett’s team passed all tests in the first month of the season.

Jayden Gardner shot forward with 39.9 seconds left and blocked Jett Howard’s three-point shot shortly before the signal, allowing No. 3 Virginia to go undefeated with a 70-68 win over Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday. night.

The Cavaliers (6-0) won their first real road game against a top two-place team this season, just over a week after beating the then racket. 5 Baylor, and then – No. 19 Illinois in Las Vegas.

“It’s been pretty tense in here,” Bennett said.

Virginia was 11 points behind at halftime, rallied to take the lead with 7:25 left, and built a five-point lead that didn’t last long.

The Wolverines (5-2) took a 66-65 lead at 1:42 when Hunter Dickinson made one of two free throws.

Michigan missed a chance to stay or take the lead when Dickinson missed a hook with 1:01 left and Princeton transfer Jaelin Llewellyn turned the ball over with 16 seconds left.

“Hunter has done that hook before,” coach Juwan Howard said. “Transformation, yes, in the end it was painful, but in general, this is not the reason why we lost the game.

“We could easily put our heads down when they came out in the second half and ran away.”

Rhys Beekman, who finished with 18 points, interrupted Llewellyn’s pass in the last minute and made one of two free throws.

Armaan Franklin of Virginia missed two free throws with 5.7 seconds left to give Michigan a chance to extend or win the game. Howard landed a controversial three-point arc on the right flank—next to his father, the Michigan coach—and Gardner landed a block against a freshman guard while Wolverine coaches and players yelled about breaking the rules.

It turned out that Gardner got all the balls on the block.

Kehei Clark scored 16 points, Gardner 12, Kadin Shedrik fouled 12 and Ben Vander Plas added 10 for a balanced Cavaliers.

“You need different guys, and that’s what it takes to play offensively and defensively,” Bennett said.

Dickinson scored 23 points, Jett Howard scored 11 of 15 in the first half, and Kobe Bufkin added 11 points to Michigan.

“Jett is a gamer, he will compete no matter what,” said Juvan Howard. “He loved basketball since he was a little boy.

“He will help us win a lot of games this year.”

The Wolverines got off to a slow start, trailing 9-2 in the opening minutes, before Howard scored eight points to take a 13-2 lead. Michigan led 45-34 at halftime when Bufkin made a layup after an interception.

“We can’t be that sloppy defensively, but we fought hard in the second half,” Bennett said.

Vander Place scored nine points during the series 11-2 to give Virginia a 65-60 lead. The Cavaliers then went 4.5 minutes without a basket before Gardner’s big shot.


Virginia: The Cavaliers have their highest ranking since the 2018-19 season, which ended with a national title, and their best start since they were 7-0 three years ago. The team continues to honor the memory of the three soccer players who were gunned down on campus earlier this month by wearing T-shirts bearing their names to warm up.

Michigan: Juwan Howard’s team played well in their first game against a ranked opponent this season.

“When we go out with an effort like today, within 40 minutes, I love our chances against any college team in the country,” he said.


Virginia: hosts Florida State on Saturday (1-7).

Michigan: Playing No. 19 Kentucky (5-2) on Sunday in London.

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