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Virginia Beats Coastal Carolina 70-59 In NCAAs

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Evan Nolte #11, Anthony Gill #13 and Malcolm Brogdon #15 of the Virginia Cavaliers celebrate in the second half against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers during the Second Round of the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 21, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Evan Nolte #11, Anthony Gill #13 and Malcolm Brogdon #15 of the Virginia Cavaliers celebrate in the second half against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers during the Second Round of the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 21, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Anthony Gill scored 17 points to help No. 1 seed Virginia pull away late and beat Coastal Carolina 70-59 on Friday night, avoiding a historic upset in the NCAA tournament.

The Cavaliers, the top seed in the East Region, trailed by 10 in the first half and five at halftime to the 16th-seeded Chanticleers before pushing ahead for good with about 9 minutes left.

A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, and the Cavs (29-6) ensured history would wait at least another year.

Evan Nolte came off the bench and hit two huge 3-pointers to help Virginia finally push away from the Big South champion Chanticleers (21-13), who were in the tournament for the first time in 21 years.

The game was tied at 47 before Nolte’s 3s powered a 23-7 spurt that finally put the game away.

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