San Francisco staged its first top-five upset over an opponent since 1981 on Friday, upsetting No. 4 Virginia 61-60 in the Homellight Classic at Uncasville, Connecticut.
The Dons used a late 8-0 run to pull off the victory. Virginia's Sam Hauser missed a potential game-winning three-pointer with two seconds left that would have won the game for the Cavs.
The shocking loss for the Cavaliers serves as the first top-25 upset in the men's college basketball season. The writing wasn't on the wall for this stunning outcome, as San Francisco had lost to UMass-Lowell earlier in the tournament and Virginia hammered Towson 89-54 in its opening game in the "Bubbleville" event at the Mohegan Sun casino resort.
Jamaree Bouyea paced the Dons' offensive charge with 19 points, while Khalil Shabazz added 14 points in the victory. Justin McKoy and Reece Beekman had 11 points apiece for UVA.
U̶M̶B̶C̶ USF drops No. 4 Virginia for its first W over a Top-5 team since 1981! 👏pic.twitter.com/AOSUzujUsn
Virginia's last lost to a non-major opponent came in 2018 when the Cavaliers suffered one of the most historic upsets in sports — falling to No. 16 seed Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in the first round of the NCAA tournament as a No. 1 seed. The Cavs, of course, got redemption by winning the national title in 2019.
Coach Tony Bennett's Cavs (1-1) were out front as a favorite to win the ACC this season alongside Duke and Florida State. San Francisco was expected to finish near the middle of the pack in the West Coast Conference — the league in which No. 1 Gonzaga plays.
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