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No. 16 Virginia beats No. 19 Illinois to cap emotional week

Illinois' Dain Dainja, top, dives over Virginia's Armaan Franklin, bottom, during the second half of the Cavaliers' 70-61 win on Sunday in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Reece Beekman and No. 16 Virginia capped an emotional week by going on a late 13-point run to defeat No. 19 Illinois 70-61 to win the Continental Tire Main Event. The Cavaliers trailed Illinois 58-56 when they that run began with 3 1/2 minutes left.

Beekman scored 17 points and was the tournament MVP. Kihei Clark and Jayden Gardner each added 12 for Virginia.

Jayden Epps scored 14 points for Illinois and Coleman Hawkins had 10.

The game was played exactly a week after Virginia football players Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry were fatally shot after a field trip to see a play in Washington. Two others were wounded. Former Virginia football player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. faces three counts of second-degree murder and other charges.

It was the first loss of the season for Illinois (4-1), which will have a few days off before a home game against Lindenwood on Friday at State Farm Center in Champaign.

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