College basketball: No. 3 Virginia rallies in second half to beat No. 18 Louisville

Virginia guard De'Andre Hunter (12) attempts a shot over the reach of Louisville center Malik Williams (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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De’Andre Hunter scored 19 of his career-high 26 points after halftime, and No. 3 Virginia rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat No. 18 Louisville 64-52 on Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

The Cavaliers (24-2, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed early in the second half before regrouping to hold the Cardinals (18-10, 9-6) to 6 of 30 from the field (20 percent) and 31% shooting overall. Virginia also found its offense, shooting 59% and using a 12-1 run over 4:36 for a 55-48 lead it stretched to 12 for its fourth consecutive victory.

Hunter was perfect after the break, making all six shots to finish 9 of 11 from the field. Mamadi Diakite added 14 points, while Jay Huff came off the bench to score 12. The Cavaliers maintained at least a share of the conference lead in the process.

After making 10 of 16 from long range in the first 20 minutes, Louisville managed just 2 of 17 afterward and lost for the fifth time in seven games.


No. 11 Marquette 76, at Providence 58: Sam Hauser had 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Sacar Anim scored 18. The Golden Eagles (23-4, 12-2 in the Big East) led by 11 points at halftime and showed no signs of letting up, shooting 53.6% in the second half to finish at 54.9% for the game.

Anim went 8 for 12 and Hauser 7 for 10 for Marquette, which got only 14 points on 2-of-12 shooting from leading scorer Markus Howard.

Alpha Diallo had 19 points and six rebounds for the Friars (15-13, 5-10 Big East). Providence went from shooting 27.6 percent in the first half to 50% in the second half, yet Marquette was too tough a cover on a day that the Golden Eagles had five players in double figures.

at Oklahoma 69, Texas 67: Christian James led Oklahoma with 19 points and Jamal Bieniemy’s block at the buzzer clinched the Sooners’ 69-67 win over Texas at home. The Sooners led for all but 54 seconds of the game and never trailed, building their lead as high as 17 before Texas came charging back.


Kristian Doolittle’s missed free throw with five seconds left gave the Longhorns one final chance to tie or win the game but Bieniemy, Oklahoma’s freshman point guard, sprinted back and leapt just as Texas’ Matt Coleman III rose for what would’ve been a game-tying jumper at the buzzer. Bieniemy knocked the ball away, giving the Sooners the win.

Doolittle scored 15 points for the Sooners (17-10, 5-9 Big 12). Jase Febres led the Longhorns (15-12, 7-7) with 15 points — all on three-pointers.