No. 11 Virginia stuns Wake Forest 72-71 on Thompson's late 3


No. 11 Virginia stuns Wake Forest 72-71 on Thompson's late 3

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Darius Thompson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give No. 11 Virginia a 72-71 victory over Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 28 points and Anthony Gill added 17 for the Cavaliers (16-4, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). The league's top 3-point shooting team shook off a miserable night on the perimeter, hitting four 3s in the final minute to pull out a most unlikely victory.

Bryant Crawford scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half and Devin Thomas added 19 for the Demon Deacons (10-10, 1-7), who blew a 10-point lead with 90 seconds left. Crawford missed one of two free throws with 4.0 seconds left to set up Virginia's last chance.

Devon Hall brought the ball up court and passed to Thompson in the left corner, and the redshirt sophomore banked in his dramatic 3 over Thomas to end it.

Marila Shayok finished with 10 points for the Cavaliers, who trailed 64-58 entering the final minute before Brogdon's 3 made it a three-point game with 53.6 seconds left. But after Gill's dunk with 46.3 seconds to play made it 66-63, Virginia had three consecutive empty possessions while Wake Forest hit 4 of 6 free throws to push its lead to 70-63.

Shayok hit a 3 from the corner to make it a four-point game with 14.5 seconds left, Thomas missed two free throws with 11.2 seconds to play and Brogdon hit another 3 with 4.7 seconds left to pull the Cavaliers to 70-69.

Crawford then missed his first free throw, but made the second and the Demon Deacons set up a full-court press, which Hall broke before finding Thompson for that huge 3 that stood after a brief official review and gave the Cavaliers their first ACC road victory this season.

That shot also denied the Demon Deacons their second victory over a Top 25 team this season and first at home.

The Cavaliers, who make 40.5 percent of their 3s, were just 1 of 13 from behind the arc in the first 39 minutes before hitting four straight to end the game.


Thomas briefly went out after rolling his left ankle when he stepped on Virginia forward Jarred Reuter's foot after hitting a jumper with about 15 minutes left. He had to be carried off the court by two teammates, but checked back in with 11:22 to play.


Virginia: Gill reached the 1,000-point mark for his career on a three-point play with 10:41 left in the first half.

Wake Forest: Dinos Mitoglou finished with 11 points for the Demon Deacons, who missed their first eight attempts from 3-point range but hit 6 of 9 from long range after halftime to build a 14-point lead.


Virginia is at No. 16 Louisville on Saturday.

Wake Forest is at No. 25 Notre Dame on Saturday.

Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.