UVa. takes down Fairfield in NIT tip-off

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UVa. takes down Fairfield in NIT tip-off

By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Joe Harris scored nine of his 15 points in the opening minutes of the second half Monday night and Virginia rallied to beat Fairfield 54-45 in the NIT Season Tip-off.

Akil Mitchell had 12 points and Evan Nolte added 11 for the Cavaliers (1-1), who will play in the second round Tuesday night.

Josip Mikulic scored 13 points and Derek Needham and Desmond Wade had 10 each for Fairfield (1-1). The Stags scored only 15 points in the second half, making just 5 of 24 shots. In the first half, they were 12 for 23 with six 3-pointers, including three in as many tries by the 7-foot Mikulic.

Harris scored nine of the Cavaliers' first 11 points in the second half, including a 15-foot jumper with 17 minutes left that gave them their first lead at 33-32.

Virginia stretched its margin to 42-37 as the Stags went 5 minutes without a point, but Desmond Wade made a pair of free throws for Fairfield and Colin Nickerson followed several Cavaliers' misses with a layup at the other end, making it a one-point game with 8:45 to go. Fairfield added just two field goals the rest of the way.

Virginia was playing its second game without starting point guard and team captain Jontel Evans and backup point guard Malcolm Brogdon, both of whom are recovering from surgeries. Coach Tony Bennett used several players at the point, but Harris was in charge in the closing moments.

He fed Mitchell for a basket with 4:08 to play that gave Virginia a 51-45 lead, and after neither team scored for more than a minute, Harris' 10-foot jumper stretched the lead to eight and the Cavaliers were never challenged again.

Twitter found a couple fans who bought tickets to the wrong college football championship game

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Twitter found a couple fans who bought tickets to the wrong college football championship game

Sometimes when shopping online you could make a mistake and buy a shirt in the wrong size or wrong color. It happens. These fans happened to buy tickets to the wrong college football championship game.

Mixing up the ACC and AAC Championship games seems like it would be pretty easy, and to be honest, I'm surprised it hasn't happened before.

Although, it'll probably be pretty disappointing to miss out on Temple's first conference championship in football since 1967. 

Hopefully they enjoy watching two teams they have (probably) zero connection to in Clemson and Virginia Tech, at least the tickets were cheap. 

Last-second shot lifts George Washington past South Florida

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Last-second shot lifts George Washington past South Florida

WASHINGTON -- Collin Smith sank a 3-pointer with three seconds to play and a Jaren Sina steal with a second left sealed a 68-67 win for George Washington over South Florida on Saturday.

The Colonials were trailing 67-63 with 46 seconds left to play when Smith was fouled then hit two from the line to pull George Washington to within two, 67-65. Then he sank the winning 3-pointer after getting the assists from Matt Hart to put the Colonials on top 68-67 with three seconds remaining. On the fast break, Sina stole the ball from South Florida's Jahmal McMurray in the final second to preserve the win.

Smith, a freshman, finished with a career-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Tyler Cavanaugh added 16 points and five rebounds.

South Florida led 35-32 at the break and was up 61-55 with 6:28 left in the second period.

McMurray led the Bulls (4-3) with 16 points.