CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — London Perrantes knew he wasn't playing well, and if he had any doubt whatsoever, coach Tony Bennett let him know.
"I got after him," Bennett said Wednesday night after Perrantes scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and No. 7 Virginia overcame a sloppy performance and rallied past Ohio State 63-61 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. "I did, and he responded."
Perrantes, who had three turnovers by halftime, hit three 3-pointers in the second half to spark the Cavaliers' surge.
"I knew I wasn't playing to the best of my ability or even anywhere close," the senior point guard and four-year starter said. "I'm glad he kind of got into me. That's the most I got ripped by him since I've been here and it sparked us all."
Devon Hall added 12 points for the Cavaliers (7-0), who trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half and didn't take the lead for good until Marial Shayok's baseline runner made it 59-57 with 1:58 remaining.
The Buckeyes (6-1) trailed 63-61 when Shayok missed two free throws with 10.5 seconds left. Coach Thad Matta called a timeout with 6.5 seconds to play, but JaQuan Lyle couldn't find an open teammate as the clock ran down and launched a 3-point try that missed badly.
"I hope we take a lot from it because I told them after the game, `We're close, but we're not there yet,'" Matta said.
As the Cavaliers rallied in the second half and the crowd whipped into a frenzy, the Buckeyes hurt their chances with 11 of their season-high 20 turnovers, some of them more caused by carelessness than pressure from Virginia, and they almost all proved costly.
"As great teams do, they capitalized on every mistake we made down the stretch," Matta said.
Jae'Sean Tate led Ohio State with 14 points and Lyle had 12.
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