Virginia beats Memphis 78-60 in NCAA tournament
By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer March 23, 2014 10:26PM
Virginia players celebrate at halftime in the first half of an NCAA college basketball third-round tournament game against Memphis, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Raleigh. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Updated: March 23, 2014 10:27PM
RALEIGH, N.C. — Joe Harris scored 16 points and top-seeded Virginia shot 56 percent to beat Memphis 78-60 on Sunday night, earning its first trip to the NCAA tournament round of 16 in nearly two decades.
Anthony Gill added 13 points for the Cavaliers (30-6), who turned in a dominating performance while controlling the tempo and shutting down the eighth-seeded Tigers (24-10) at nearly every turn.
Virginia led by 15 at halftime and pushed that to 27 points late, picking right up where it left off in its strong finish to Friday’s tournament-opening win against Coastal Carolina.
In what has already been the program’s most successful season in decades, Virginia added another milestone: its first regional semifinal appearance since making it to a regional final in 1995. And the Cavaliers, carrying a No. 1 seed for the first time since the days of Ralph Sampson, look ready to go even farther.