CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The final sequence happened so fast,
it seemed like no one got a really good look at how Virginia
managed to win.
There was the mad scramble for a loose ball when most everyone
on the court got a hand on it, and then T.J. Bannister had it in
the left corner, drove and laid it in with 2.6 seconds left to give
Virginia a 80-79 double-overtime victory against Western Kentucky
on Wednesday night.
"I need to see the film," Hilltoppers coach Darrin Horn said.
"I've got a feeling I might be disappointed that we didn't have
somebody on the floor, which we pride ourselves on, to come up with
"That was great," Clark said. "All I know is I was on the
ground and pretty soon everyone was on the ground. Both teams
really wanted it."
Bannister's basket, only his second of the game, gave the
Cavaliers the victory on a night when they were undermanned because
scoring leader Devin Smith missed his second straight game with an
ankle injury and J.R. Reynolds played despite being sick all day
with food poisoning.
Western Kentucky (10-2) led almost throughout, going to overtime
when Elgrace Wilborn was called for goaltending on Clark's tip at
In the first overtime, the Cavaliers blew a 5-point lead as
Anthony Winchester hit a 3-pointer with 21.5 seconds left and
Courtney Lee scored on a drive down the middle with eight-tenths of
a second remaining.
The Cavaliers also nearly lost the ball twice in the final
sequence before Forbes emerged, found Bannister and he made the
"Somehow we tipped it, got it and T.J. had the guts to take it
and drive," Virginia coach Pete Gillen said. The coach also
praised Reynolds' effort. He had 16 of his 20 points after throwing
up at halftime.
"He had the heart of a lion to do that," Gillen said.
Reynolds and Clark, who had 16 points, tied their career highs.
Clark added nine rebounds and Elton Brown had 10 points and 12
Western Kentucky (10-2) lost despite 30 points, 11 rebounds and
four assists from the 6-foot-4 Winchester and 20 points from Lee,
whose two free throws with 32.8 seconds left gave Western Kentucky
a 79-78 lead.
Lee scored all but two of his points after halftime.
Forbes' layup off a feed from Clark with 38.4 seconds left gave
Virginia its first lead of the second overtime at 77-76, but Lee
made both shots when Forbes fouled him immediately after taking the
Then came the final sequence, ending a wild night in which the
Hilltoppers seemed destined to hand Virginia its second straight
home loss. The Cavaliers lost 89-70 to No. 4 Wake Forest here
Virginia led only once in the last 38 minutes of regulation,
with 1:43 left, but Wilborn's goaltending gave Virginia another
chance to win.
Virginia led by as many as five in the first overtime, but
Winchester hit a 3-pointer to help close the gap and Lee's runner
in the lane tied it at 74. Forbes had missed two free throws with
12.7 seconds left.
Western Kentucky led most of the first half and by as many as
six in the second half until Virginia used a 6-0 run to pull even
The Hilltoppers immediately went on a 10-4 run, getting seven
points from Courtney Lee and a 3-pointer from Winchester to lead
53-47 and forcing the Cavaliers to play catch-up again. They made
it, just barely.