Virginia forward Anthony Gill (13) dunks the ball against Hampton during the second half of a first-round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. Virginia won 81-45. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Senior forward Anthony Gill scored 19 points to lead the No. 1 seed Virginia Cavaliers to a 81-45 rout of the No. 16 seed Hampton Pirates in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Region opening round on March 17 in Raleigh, N.C.
Virginia (28-6) advanced to the second round, where they’ll face No. 9 seed Butler on March 19. Butler beat No. 8 seed Texas Tech, 71-61, in the first round.
Virginia made easy work of Hampton, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament Champions, by building a 20-3 lead in the first half before cruising the rest of the way. The scariest moment for the Cavaliers came when head coach Tony Bennett collapsed on the sidelines just before halftime.
ESPN reported that Bennett attributed his collapse to dehydration, stating he was sick earlier during the week. Bennett coached the rest of the game after hydrating himself.
Hampton (20-11) had hopes of challenging Virginia and pulling off an unprecedented upset. They kept within a shot’s distance for the first 10 minutes of the game, but eventually began to struggle with their shooting. The Pirates finished the game shooting just 32 percent from the field.
Senior guard Quiton Chievous led Hampton with 17 points, but no other player scored more than 10 for the Pirates. Meanwhile, Virginia had four players score double digits in points.
In other tournament action:
– No. 12 Yale upset No. 5 Yale, 79-75
– No. 12 Arkansas-Little Rock upset No. 5 Purdue, 85-83 in Double OT
– No. 1 Kansas routed No. 16 Austin Peay, 105-79
– No. 4 Iowa State defeated No. 13 Iona, 94-81
– No. 9 Connecticut upset No. 8 Colorado, 74-67
– No. 4 Duke defeated No. 13 UNC Wilmington, 93-85
– No. 3 Miami defeated No. 14 Buffalo, 79-72
– No. 5 Indiana defeated No. 12 Chattanooga, 99-74
– No. 1 UNC defeated No. 16 Florida Gulf Coast, 83-67
– No. 11 Wichita State upset No. 6 Arizona, 65-55
– No. 4 Kentucky defeated No. 13 Stony Brook, 85-57
– No. 9 Providence upset No. 8 USC, 70-69
– No. 3 Utah defeated No. 14 Fresno State, 80-69
– No. 11 Gonzaga upset No. 6 Seton Hall, 68-52