Las Vegas — Franklin I’m sorry. He scored a game-high 26 points and No. 16 Virginia beat No. 5 Baylor 86-79 on Friday night in its team opener after three Cavaliers had three kills on a big second-half run.
Virginia players wore sweatshirts during warmups in honor of the victims of Sunday’s shooting, which prompted the cancellation of the Cavaliers’ home game a day later. A former Virginia football player has been charged with the murders of Lavelle Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and DeSean Perry.
The Knights (3-0) will play the winner of Friday night’s matchup between No. 19 Illinois and No. 8 UCLA in Sunday’s Continental Rubber Main Event Championship. Bayer (3-1) will face the loser in the consolation game.
Virginia went on a 21-2 run in the second half to lead by as many as 22 points twice.
“That [big run] It gave us distance, and we really needed it the way they came back,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “We couldn’t stop them at the end, which was the disappointing part.”
Franklin scored 10 points in that outburst, and went 7 of 12 from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range.
“I know I have teammates who can get me the ball, and the same goes for them,” Franklin said. “I knew they could create for themselves. It was just taking open shots and being ready to shoot.”
Trailing 62-40 in the second half, Baylor responded with an 8-0 run. The Bears continued to chip away using a full-court press, twice getting as close as six points, but Virginia held on.
“We need to do a better job of getting easy buckets,” Bayer coach Scott Drew said.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.