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No. 7 Virginias beat Providence for Emerald Coast title

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) Providence got physical with No, 7 Virginia and scored 52 points, the most anyone has had this season against the nation's top-ranked defense. It wasn't enough.

Virginia beat the Friars 63-52 to win the Emerald Coast Classic on Saturday night.

''Virginia's very, very fundamentally sound,'' Providence coach Ed Cooley said. They know each other's strengths, weaknesses - very, very disciplined team. One of the most disciplined teams that we've played against in a long time. ... They are going to be hell for somebody to beat.''

London Perrantes, selected the tournament's most valuable player, and Darius Thompson scored 11 points each to lead the Cavaliers.

Virginia (6-0) had been giving up only 39.2 points per game.

Providence (4-2) topped the 51 that UNC Greensboro scored against the Cavaliers, but had trouble penetrating the tight defense that denies post touches and forces contested jumpers.

Mamadi Diakite added 10 points for Virginia.

Jalen Lindsey led Providence with 18 points. Rodney Bullock added 16, but that was short of his 20.4 average.

''They are physical, really physical, offensively and defensively,'' Perrantes said about the Friars.

He said the rough play, though, will only help the Cavaliers prepare for other tough opponents that will be coming up.

Cooley also had some high praise for Perrantes, saying he ''may be the most poised player I've seen in college basketball in a long, long, long time.''

Virginia coach Tony Bennett credited the Cavaliers' balance for getting them through some challenging moments in the game including a 9-0 Providence run to start the second half that cut Virginia's lead to five points.

''It's not who we play, it's how we play,'' Bennett said. ''We played pretty solid, but we had a lapse that could be very costly.''

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: Bolstered by strong performances from bench players Marial Shayok, the team scoring leader averaging 11.2 points going into Saturday's game, and freshman Kyle Guy, the Cavaliers have shown little affect from the graduation of four players from last season's 29-win team.

Providence: Losing to a highly touted Virginia team does nothing to take the luster off a strong early season showing. That includes a dramatic come-from-behind 60-51 victory over previously undefeated Memphis in the Emerald Coast semifinals.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

After breezing through four relatively weak opponents to open the season, Virginia did the same in its first major challenge, beating the Big Ten's Iowa 74-41 in the semifinals Friday. Taking down Providence from the Big East can only enhance the Cavaliers' chances of moving up from their No. 7 ranking if any of the teams ahead of them stumble.

UP NEXT:

Providence: The Friars host New Hampshire on Wednesday.

Virginia: Host Ohio State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by London Perrantes 28.0
  Jalen Lindsey missed 3-pt. jump shot 30.0
  Defensive rebound by London Perrantes 28.0
  Jalen Lindsey missed 3-pt. jump shot 30.0
  Defensive rebound by Providence 41.0
  Mamadi Diakite missed 3-pt. jump shot 43.0
  Defensive rebound by Darius Thompson 1:05
  Alpha Diallo missed layup, blocked by Isaiah Wilkins 1:07
  Defensive rebound by Alpha Diallo 1:13
  London Perrantes missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:15
  Defensive rebound by London Perrantes 1:40
Team Stats
Points 63 52
Field Goals 25-42 (59.5%) 15-40 (37.5%)
3-Pointers 5-10 (50.0%) 8-16 (50.0%)
Free Throws 8-16 (50.0%) 14-17 (82.4%)
Total Rebounds 25 24
Offensive 2 5
Defensive 22 13
Team 1 6
Assists 15 12
Steals 8 3
Blocks 6 2
Turnovers 7 10
Fouls 18 19
Technicals 0 0
11 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
18 PTS, 2 REB
12T
away team logo 7 Virginia 6-0 342963
home team logo Providence 4-2 203252
Team Stats
away team logo 7 Virginia 6-0 71.4 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo Providence 4-2 71.4 PPG 39 RPG 14.4 APG
Key Players
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L. Perrantes G PPG RPG APG FG%
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J. Lindsey G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
L. Perrantes G 11 PTS 8 REB 5 AST
J. Lindsey G 18 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
59.5 FG% 37.5
50.0 3PT FG% 50.0
50.0 FT% 82.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Thompson 11 2 2 4/6 0/1 3/6 2 23 1 0 0 0 2
L. Perrantes 11 8 5 4/8 3/5 0/0 1 34 1 0 1 0 8
I. Wilkins 9 2 1 4/4 0/0 1/2 2 27 3 2 3 1 1
J. Salt 8 6 0 4/6 0/0 0/2 1 27 0 1 0 1 5
D. Hall 4 4 1 1/2 0/0 2/2 3 25 0 0 1 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Thompson 11 2 2 4/6 0/1 3/6 2 23 1 0 0 0 2
L. Perrantes 11 8 5 4/8 3/5 0/0 1 34 1 0 1 0 8
I. Wilkins 9 2 1 4/4 0/0 1/2 2 27 3 2 3 1 1
J. Salt 8 6 0 4/6 0/0 0/2 1 27 0 1 0 1 5
D. Hall 4 4 1 1/2 0/0 2/2 3 25 0 0 1 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Diakite 10 0 0 4/6 2/3 0/0 3 17 0 3 0 0 0
J. Reuter 5 0 0 2/4 0/0 1/2 3 9 1 0 1 0 0
K. Guy 4 0 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 14 1 0 0 0 0
M. Shayok 1 1 3 0/4 0/1 1/2 0 18 1 0 1 0 1
T. Jerome 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 0 0 1
A. Nichols - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bartley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Huff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gross Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 63 24 15 25/42 5/10 8/16 18 200 8 6 7 2 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Lindsey 18 2 0 6/11 4/6 2/3 2 35 0 0 1 2 0
R. Bullock 16 6 2 3/13 2/7 8/8 0 37 0 1 2 0 6
E. Holt 11 6 1 3/7 1/2 4/4 3 34 2 1 1 3 3
K. Cartwright 7 1 7 3/6 1/1 0/2 3 35 0 0 4 0 1
R. Fazekas 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 16 1 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Lindsey 18 2 0 6/11 4/6 2/3 2 35 0 0 1 2 0
R. Bullock 16 6 2 3/13 2/7 8/8 0 37 0 1 2 0 6
E. Holt 11 6 1 3/7 1/2 4/4 3 34 2 1 1 3 3
K. Cartwright 7 1 7 3/6 1/1 0/2 3 35 0 0 4 0 1
R. Fazekas 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 16 1 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Jackson 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 1
D. Edwards 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. Diallo 0 2 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 4 21 0 0 0 0 2
M. White 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 2 0 0
K. Young 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0
C. Woodring - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Planek - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Council II - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Donovan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 52 18 12 15/40 8/16 14/17 19 200 3 2 10 5 13