Virginia rallies to beat Coastal Carolina at NCAA Tournament

The Virginia Cavaliers rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first half to beat the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 70-59 in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

Coastal Carolina was trying to become the first 16-seed to beat a 1-seed in NCAA Tournament history. CCU led 35-30 at the half.

Virginia heated up in the second half led by Anthony Gill with a game-high 17 points. Four different Cavaliers scored in double-figures.

Virginia's Evan Nolte knocked down a pair of second half 3-pointers during a 23-7 run for the Cavs. Virginia outscored Coastal Carolina 40-24 over the final 20 minutes.

The difference in the game was shooting from the field. Virginia hit 52.5 percent of their field goals to just 42.9 percent for Coastal. Virginia has the nation's top scoring defense, allowing just 55.3 points a game.

The Chanticleers were led in scoring by Badou Diagne with 14 points and Warren Gillis with 13 points. Former WPDE Mister Hoop Zone, Eric Smith from Mullins, finished his college career with six points off the bench.

CCU finished the season with a record of 21-13. The Chants are 0-3 lifetime at the NCAA Tournament. It was their first appearance in 21 years.

NCAA Tournament #1 seeds are now 120-0 against #16 seeds.

Virginia (29-6) advances to play Memphis in round 3 on Sunday.