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

LAS VEGAS (dpa) – Under most circumstances, Virginia would have celebrated its tournament victory on Sunday and carried the good feelings back to Charlottesville.

But after the No. 16 Cavaliers capitalized on a late 13-point run to defeat No. 19 Illinois 70-61 and win the Continental Tire Main Event, trainer Tony Bennett knew the overnight trip home was anything but would be gratifying as the campus was still mourning the shooting of three soccer players.

The Cavaliers beat No. 5 Baylor and the Illini to win the trophy.

“It feels great right now, but more than that, we know what really matters,” said Bennett. “When you have a temporary celebration like this, you can enjoy it, and it seems important, but by and large it doesn’t matter.”

The game was played exactly a week after football players Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry were fatally shot after a field trip to a Washington play. Two others were injured.