Iowa beats Virginia 75-74 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

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Iowa guard Joe Toussaint (2) celebrates the win over Virginia with teammates Tony Perkins (11) and Kris Murray (24) after an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Iowa defeated Virginia 75-74. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Joe Toussaint hit a clutch jumper to give Iowa the lead with eight seconds left in the game, Virginia missed two close-range shots and Patrick McCaffery blocked a third at the buzzer to preserve Iowa’s 75-74 win over the Cavaliers in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Monday night.

Taine Murray’s 3 gave Virginia its first lead of the game, 71-70 with 1:40 left. Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon answered with a 3 for the lead and Kihei Clark answered with another 3 to give the Cavaliers a 74-73 advantage with :47 left.

Iowa called a time out with :16 left and Toussaint found space to take the game winner. Clark drove to the basket but missed a jumper near the basket, but Kadin Shedrick grabbed the rebound and put the ball on the rim, but it wouldn’t fall and McCaffery swatted away the put-back attempt.

The Hawkeyes came out firing from the opening tip and never trailed in the first half, ballooning a 25-19 lead to a 40-19 advantage with a 15-0- run and held a 44-30 lead at the intermission. Iowa’s first-half total was more points than Virginia had allowed in its two previous games, against Providence (40) and Lehigh (43).

Bohannon hit 6 of 9 from 3-point range and finished with 20 points to lead Iowa (7-0) and Keegan Murray added 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Iowa hit 30 of 56 from the field (54%), including 10 of 21 (48%) from distance.

Jayden Gardner led the Cavaliers (5-3) with 18 points and eight rebounds. Clark hit 3 of 4 from distance and finished with 15 points and five assists. Taine Murray, a freshman who had scored a total of four points so far this season, came off the Virginia bench to hit 4 of 6 from distance and finish with 14 points.

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