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San Francisco holds off No. 4 Virginia for huge upset

The USF Dons knocked off the fourth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers for an early season upset.

San Francisco Dons forward Remu Raitanen (11), forward Dzmitry Ryuny (22), and center Jimbo Lull (5) celebrate against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the first half during the semifinal game in the WCC Basketball Championships at Orleans Arena. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The University of San Francisco Dons provided the nation with its first huge upset of the young college basketball season. The unranked Dons knocked off the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers in the HomeLight Classic at the Mohegan Sun.

The Dons trailed through the first ten minutes of the game but led through much of the second ten minutes. Five Virginia scorers turned things on late in the half to give the Hoos a 24-21 halftime lead. They were starting to surge, but USF slowed the momentum early in the second half thanks to the three ball. Josh Kunen, Dzmitry Ryuny, and Jamaree Bouyea each hit a three to move USF from a seven points deficit at the 19:15 mark to a four point lead at the 16:28 mark.

It was back and forth from there before USF took a seven point lead with 2:13 to go. Virginia scored the final six points but could not get over the top and surprisingly chose not to foul for much of the close of the game. Sam Hauser shot a three in the closing seconds, but he missed and Virginia could not get a rebound to get a tip back.