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Virginia Clips Illinois

Under most circumstances, Virginia would have celebrated its tournament victory Sunday and carried the good feelings back to Charlottesville.

 

But after the No. 16 Cavaliers used a late 13-point run to defeat No. 19 Illinois 70-61 to win the Continental Tire Main Event, coach Tony Bennett knew the overnight trip back home would be far from joyous with the campus still grieving the shooting deaths of three football players.

 

The Cavaliers beat No. 5 Baylor and the Illini to earn the trophy.

 

The game was played exactly a week after football players Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry were fatally shot after a field trip to see a play in Washington. Two others were wounded.

 

Virginia players wore shirts to honor those killed and locked arms in tribute before the game.

 

Jayden Epps had 14 points and Coleman Hawkins 10 for the Illini.

 

The Cavaliers (4-0) trailed 58-56 with 3 1/2 minutes left when they broke away from Illinois (4-1). The game was close throughout, with neither team pulling away until Virginia’s late run.

 

Both teams’ top scorers from Friday’s games also were largely held in check.

 

Virginia’s Armaan Franklin, who scored 26 points against Baylor, had just nine against Illinois.

 

Illini guard Terrence Shannon Jr. also scored nine points after getting 29 against UCLA in going 8 of 9 from 3-point range. Shannon made just 1 of 5 on Sunday.

 

Illinois hosts Lindenwood of the Ohio Valley Conference Friday night. 

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