Gardner, No. 3 Virginia rally for 70-68 win at Michigan

Nov 29, 2022, 7:07 AM | Updated: 9:50 pm
Michigan center Hunter Dickinson (1) shoots on Virginia forward Ben Vander Plas (5) in the second h...

Michigan center Hunter Dickinson (1) shoots on Virginia forward Ben Vander Plas (5) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

              Michigan center Hunter Dickinson (1) shoots on Virginia forward Ben Vander Plas (5) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Virginia forward Jayden Gardner (1) shoots on Michigan center Hunter Dickinson (1) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Virginia forward Kadin Shedrick (21) drives on Michigan center Hunter Dickinson (1) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Virginia guard Reece Beekman (2) dunks on Michigan center Hunter Dickinson and Tarris Reed Jr. (32) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Virginia center Francisco Caffaro (22) charges into Michigan guard Jaelin Llewellyn (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Virginia guard Kihei Clark (0) drives on Michigan guard Jaelin Llewellyn (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Virginia guard Reece Beekman (2) shoots over Michigan guard Joey Baker (15) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Michigan center Hunter Dickinson (1) reacts to a basket against Virginia in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Virginia guard Reece Beekman (2) drives on Michigan guard Kobe Bufkin (2) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Michigan guard Dug McDaniel (0) reacts to a play against Michigan in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Virginia forward Jayden Gardner (1) blocks Michigan guard Jett Howard's (13) shot in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Tony Bennett’s team passed all its tests in the opening month of the season.

Jayden Gardner made a go-ahead jumper with 39.9 seconds left and blocked Jett Howard’s 3-point shot just before the buzzer, allowing No. 3 Virginia to stay undefeated with a 70-68 win over Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.

The Cavaliers (6-0) won their first true road game against a team that was ranked in the first two polls this season, a little more than a week after beating then-No. 5 Baylor and then-No. 19 Illinois in Las Vegas.

“It got pretty intense in here,” Bennett said.

Virginia trailed by 11 points at halftime, rallied to go ahead with 7:25 left and built a five-point lead that didn’t last.

The Wolverines (5-2) went ahead 66-65 at the 1:42 mark when Hunter Dickinson made one of two free throws.

Michigan missed chances to stay or go ahead when Dickinson missed a hook shot with 1:01 to go and Princeton transfer Jaelin Llewellyn turned the ball over with 16 seconds left.

“Hunter has made that running hook before,” coach Juwan Howard said. “The turnover, yes, down the stretch, it hurt, but overall that’s not the reason we lost the ballgame.

“We could’ve easily put our heads down when they came out in the second half and made a run.”

Reece Beekman, who finished with 18 points, stepped in front of Llewellyn’s pass in the final minute and made one of two free throws.

Virginia’s Armaan Franklin missed two free throws with 5.7 seconds left, giving Michigan a chance to extend or win the game. Howard took a contested shot beyond the 3-point arc on the right wing — near his father, Michigan’s coach — and Gardner came up with the block against the freshman guard while Wolverines coaches and players screamed for a foul call.

It appeared that Gardner got all ball on the block.

Kihei Clark scored 16 points, Gardner had 12, Kadin Shedrick fouled out with 12 points and Ben Vander Plas added 10 for the balanced Cavaliers.

“You need different guys, and that’s what it takes, to make plays offensively and defensively,” Bennett said.

Dickinson scored 23 points, Jett Howard had 11 of his 15 in the first half and Kobe Bufkin added 11 points for Michigan.

“Jett is a gamer, he’s going to compete no matter what,” Juwan Howard said. “He’s loved basketball since he was a little baby boy.

“He’s going to help us win a lot of games this year.”

The Wolverines started slowly, trailing 9-2 in the opening minutes, before Howard scored eight points to lead a 13-2 run. Michigan led 45-34 at halftime when Bufkin made a layup after a steal.

“We can’t be sloppy like that on the defensive end, but we did battle hard in the second half,” Bennett said.

Vander Plas scored nine points during an 11-2 run that put Virginia ahead 65-60. The Cavaliers then went 4 1/2 minutes without a basket before Gardner’s big shot.

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia: The Cavaliers have their highest ranking since the 2018-19 season — which ended with a national title — and are off to their best start since being 7-0 three years ago. The team continues to honor the memory of three football players who were fatally shot on campus earlier this month, wearing warmup jerseys with their names.

Michigan: Juwan Howard’s team matched up well in its first game against a ranked opponent this season.

“When we come out with the effort like we did today for 40 minutes, I love our chances against any college team in the country,” he said.

UP NEXT

Virginia: Hosts Florida State (1-7) on Saturday.

Michigan: Plays No. 19 Kentucky (5-2) on Sunday in London.

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